The Department of Epidemiology seeks a Clinic Technician to work with participants of research studies who are 70 years and older. This person will provide general laboratory support for these studies including blood drawing; laboratory skills such as pipetting, centrifuging, labeling, organizing, and freezing lab samples; preparing laboratory samples for shipment by couriers; data entry of forms and information; performing blood pressures; obtaining weight, height, and other anthropometric measurements; performing interviews; performing physical function testing; and other tasks as needed.
This position will interact with study participants and their families, as well as Comstock Center staff and faculty, Data Coordinating Centers for the different studies, and others as needed.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Will perform and administer visit procedures and interviews according to study protocol, including: blood draw, blood processing and shipping, quality assurance, urine collection and processing, reception, record updates, consent/HIPAA, and anthropometry.
Perform physical functions and physical activity testing, sitting BP, hearing/vision testing, medication update, dietary interview, and other duties as assigned.
Will install research devices such as patches and activity watches onto participants, and provide instruction for the device use.
Assist in screening potentially eligible participants over the telephone, and scheduling eligible participants for study visits.
Assist with data entry, telephone interviews, and ongoing quality control.
Attend staff meetings and trainings as directed.
Occasional local travel to participant and nursing homes to conduct home visits is required.
High school diploma/GED. Two (2) years of related experience required. Recent phlebotomy experience, preferred.
Phlebotomy, medical assistant/office experience.
Associate's degree preferred.
Prior medical experience/vocational training.
Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Excellent phlebotomy skills, preferably with older individuals.
Laboratory skills including pipetting and centrifuging of blood, urine, and saliva samples. Knowledge of laboratory sample shipping regulations and procedures helpful.
Sensitivity and discretion required to interact with aging participants who may have hearing and cognitive decline, as well as changing life circumstances.
Understanding and adherence to compliance and confidentiality policies and procedures, particularly concerning medical/research information.
Must be familiar with operating personal or laptop computers using Windows operating system. Excellent interview and/or telephone skills preferred.
Ease in interacting with people; including tasks such as applying a blood pressure cuff, measuring waist and arm circumferences, and applying small skin patches which measure heart rhythm.
Working Conditions: On-site
Classified Title: Clinic Technician Role/Level/Range: ACRO37.5/02/CC Starting Salary Range: $15 - $19.44/hr; Commensurate with experience Employee Group: Full Time Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm/On-site Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: JH at Hagerstown Department Name: Epidemiology Personnel Area: School of Public Health
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