The focus of the overall clinical research program is to examine the contribution of adequate blood flow to the brain in the perioperative period to delirium and cognitive decline after cardiac surgery
The research assistant will have core responsibilities in the conduct of an observational cohort study in cardiac surgery patients to examine perioperative cerebral perfusion, postoperative delirium, and perioperative cognitive status. The research assistant would be based in the physical space of the Clinical Research Core within the Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine. A research nurse would provide support and supervision, in addition to the PI of the grant, who is a cardiac anesthesiologist and clinical researcher. The research assistant would have substantial interactions with patients. This position is highly appropriate for recent college or master’s-level graduates who are interested in medical school or other medical training and desire patient contact within a clinical research setting. There are also academic opportunities (i.e. abstracts, manuscripts) in related areas within the research program of the PI.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
We anticipate enrolling 1-1.5 patients/week in the observational study. Key tasks would include:
Screening and obtaining consent
Coordinating and performing a 1-hour cognitive testing battery prior to surgery and then 1-month and 1-year after surgery. These tests could be performed in the hospital or at the patient’s home.
Assessing delirium daily on postoperative days 1-4. This could include weekends.
Processing several blood samples
Coordinating intra- and post-operative monitoring
Abstraction of data from the electronic health record.
Minimum Qualifications (mandatory):
Bachelor's degree in related discipline.
Some related experience.
Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
Experience with patients and/or great inter-personal skills would be helpful.
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The most important skills are being able to function as part of a team in a flexible manner, to be self-directed, and to have great inter-personal skills.
A number of the outcome assessments require formal interviews with patients.
Classified Title: Research Program Coordinator Working Title: Research Program Coordinator Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/03/CD Starting Salary Range: $16.26-$22.35 per hour; commensurate with experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday/Some weekends as neeeded Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 10002720-SOM Ane Cardiac Anesthesiology Personnel area: School of Medicine
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