We are seeking a Research Assistant to join PrecisionLink, a major research initiative at Boston Children's Hospital. The aim of this initiative is to link research and clinical missions at our hospital by establishing the technology, policies and workflows to engage our patients in research, and treating each visit as an opportunity for patients to contribute to our scientific knowledge. PrecisionLink has built a knowledgebase of linked genomic and phenotypic patient data for use in research, as well as in clinical care.
This Clinical Research Assistant II will be responsible for:
Consents and recruits patients for research studies through personal interviews and written communications with patients/families. Provides detailed background information regarding studies to families, communicates all policies and procedures, and responds to all inquiries. Evaluates suitability of prospective study candidates and makes selections based upon clinical knowledge of each study.
Serves as liaison to the families/patients in the research studies, conducted at both on-site and off-site locations, guiding and advising them throughout each phase of the study. Coordinates follow-up visits as necessary. Acts as a resource to study participants, addressing any concerns they may have. Troubleshoots resolution of any issues that may arise throughout the study.
Coordinates and prepares the necessary documentation for Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Committee on Clinical Investigations (CCI) submissions, together with the Private Investigator of the study.
Creates and prepares data collection statistical reports and analytical summaries for distribution to study research team for review and analysis. Writes articles and summary papers of studies for submission to medical journals, as may be requested/necessary.
Participates in the training of newly hired research study assistants, as required.
Coordinates activities between the hospital and research laboratories to ensure correct testing/processing and send out instructions specific to the study. Communicates project policies and procedures to personnel. Monitors and reviews data collection and data entry, and informed consent procedures - ensuring consistency of application for each study.
Performs other miscellaneous administrative duties as assigned or required
To qualify, you must have:
Work requires the knowledge of theories, principles, and concepts acquired through completion of a Bachelor's degree, and a minimum of one year of relevant work experience
Work requires the analytical skills to gather and interpret data in which the information or problems are moderately complex to complex.
Work requires well-developed communication skills in order to provide critical information to patients, effectively deal with conflicting views or issues, and the ability to mediate fair solutions. Work also requires advanced writing skills.
Boston Children's Hospital is a 395-bed comprehensive center for pediatric health care. As one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States, Children's offers a complete range of health care services for children from birth through 21 years of age.