The Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary seeks a Research Program Coordinator to work under the direct supervision of the Program Manager and Research Supervisor, the Research Program Coordinator (RPC) will be responsible for collection of data on participants who are diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Chronic Bronchitis or Emphysema, and/or Asthma. The RPC will recruit, perform clinic visits which include administering questionnaires, blood draws, spirometry, other breathing tests and biological sample collection. RPC will also be involved in data collection, data quality and abstraction of research data on patients entered into clinic trials and research protocols.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Conduct interviews over the phone or in person to determine eligibility for a research study.
Recruit and screen potential study participants according to inclusion and exclusion criteria; be knowledgeable of the protocol so that study activities are completed correctly and completely.
Pre-screen potential research subjects for participation in clinical trials and observational studies (including review of medical history, concomitant meds, pathology, and other relevant documents).
Research-Related Clinical Tasks:
Coordinate participant visits and follow-up, schedule appointments with study participants, make telephone reminders, send recruitment letters, track and locate participants. Ensure that proper written informed consent from each study participant is obtained prior to entering study; ensure that the original signed and dated consent from each study participant is filed in participant research record and is properly uploaded in Epic, CRMS, RedCap systems and/or any other database collection software system as applicable per research study.
Perform clinic visits, which include data collection, administering questionnaires, blood draws, spirometry and other breathing and functional tests including sputum collection, and/or urine collection and other bio specimens, as needed.
Perform routine tests in a research laboratory, help with transportation, storage and shipping of biological samples if necessary.
Research-Related Administrative Tasks:
Design and maintain databases, internal tracking sheets and other organizational tools to conduct current and future studies accurately and in compliance with good research practice.
Maintain participant follow-up tracking database; maintain records of study participant status by using an enrollment log (if available REDCap platform will be the system to collect research data, to check data quality and to track participant's visits).
Track and assess quality and completeness of data entry and abstraction; immediately raise potential concerns with project manager/study PI.
Document and report progress of research projects.
Schedule, organize and participate in weekly meetings of current research projects to report progress and resolve problems, taking notes, minutes and preparing agenda for next meetings.
Assist the research manager/supervisor in tasks related to IRB submissions: change in research, completing progress reports, tracking of renewal dates, completing adverse event forms, writing draft of new forms/surveys.
Review and assess new protocols for clarity, thoroughness, logistical feasibility, and subject safety. List and clarify concerns and questions about new protocols with PI and/or sponsor.
Prepare for and participate in study audits. Correct errors in database when necessary. Write responses to audit reports with input from the Principal Investigator.
Prepare space for study-related equipment and supplies in advance of study visits.
Coordinate with clinical trial financial management staff to identify procedures, laboratory tests and protocol events that require invoicing to the Sponsor as defined in the financial contract. Submit invoices to sponsor.
Coordinate with Clinical Research Management to identify research billing procedural billing costs and billing accuracy for payment.
Is knowledgeable of and complies with Good Clinical Practices, ICH guidelines, sponsor guidelines, University and IRB policies. May instruct introductory level clinical research personnel in these guidelines and policies.
Work independently and under the direction of the Research Program Manager to ensure successful completion of each clinical research study.
Serves as the primary point of contact and liaison between PI, research assistants, sponsor of clinical trials, Coordinating center / leading site (for NIH funded studies) and budget office & Office of Research Administration at JHMI.
Maintain detailed working knowledge of all assigned protocols.
Scope of Responsibility: Knows the informal policies, procedures and practices necessary to conduct the normal function of a specific section, unit, or work area. Is aware of the role of the position and its potential impact on the working unit.
Decision Making: Carries out duties and responsibilities with limited supervision, but asks for clarification when needed regarding data quality and integrity issues and promptly notifies supervisors of any potential concerns regarding interactions with patients.
Bachelor's degree and some 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.
Minimum of 3 years' experience in clinical research with a strong background in recruiting participants and pulmonary assessments preferred.
Experience conducting clinical trial, preferably in hospital setting. Experience with Drug interventional trials strongly preferred.
Knowledge of clinical research practices and principles required.
Current CPR certification.
Certified Medical Assistant; Phlebotomy, experience using SAP, RedCap, OpenSpecimen.
For CMA applicants: Medical Assistant Qualifications: Certification/Registration as a Medical Assistant (e.g. CMA, AAMA, RMA, AMT, NAHP) required. If not currently certified/registered, must become certified/registered within 90 days of date of hire. Current CPR certification by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross required. Must maintain MA and CPR certification/registration during duration of employment in this position.
Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and interviewing techniques. Position requires flexibility.
Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks, detail oriented, self-motivated, strong interpersonal skills, ability to use personal computer; proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; database and spreadsheet knowledge.
Excellent organizational and time management skills.
Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications:
Required: Standard IRB-required courses must be completed and appropriate exams passed with necessary certification within 2 weeks of start date.
Complete NIOSH Spirometry training and maintain up-to-date phlebotomy certification.
Working Conditions: This position is primarily based at the Bayview campus. Limited travel may be required to attend meetings at other JHU buildings, to transport biological samples to the lab or to escort participants.
Classified Title:Research Program Coordinator Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/03/CD Starting Salary Range: $16.26 - $22.35/Hour; Commensurate with experience Employee Group: Full Time Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: Johns Hopkins Bayview Department Name: Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Personnel Area: School of Medicine
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