This is a fully funded 12-month Advanced Heart Disease Research Assistant (RA) position starting 07/01/2019. The research assistant, working under the supervision of principal or co-investigators and following established policies and procedures, aids in clinical research studies for the Center of Advanced Heart Disease at Brigham and Women's Hospital. The RA may be responsible for the following activities with prospective clinical trials: recruiting and evaluating patients for studies; collecting and organizing patient data; scheduling patients for study visits; performing clinical tests such as electrocardiograms; maintaining and updating data generated by the study. In addition, the RA may be involved in database creation for retrospective studies that will include data collection from electronic medical records, telephone and postal questionnaires. The RA may also assist with documentation/communication with Partners Institutional Review Board and other local, state or federal agencies.
Principal duties and responsibilities:
Aid in clinical research studies as per study guidelines and protocols.
Recruit and evaluate potential study patients. Per protocol instruction, conduct telephone interviews or schedule patient for study visit and screening. May be required to perform clinical tests such as vital signs, electrocardiograms, etc.
Interact with patients/subjects about studies, including patient education, procedural instruction, and follow-up. May serve as a liaison between patient, physician and nursing.
Responsible for collecting data and maintaining patient information database for study including review of electronic medical records. May be required to input data, do minimum analysis and run various reports. Maintains patients records as part of record keeping function.
Responsible for mailing various study information or packets to study participants.
Answers any phone calls and inquiries regarding study protocols. Refer participants when appropriate to supervisor or clinical staff.
Monitor and set up any needed equipment.
Undergraduate degree, preferably in science, math or engineering, with clinical or research experience.
Interest in clinical research and experience with databases preferred.
Able to multitask and assign priorities in a busy environment.
Excellent interpersonal skills are required for working with study participants.
Able to work well with a collaborative team.
Excellent English oral and written communication skills.
Experience and knowledge of MS Office computer programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), etc.
Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize a variety of tasks.
Candidate MUST be highly organized and have precise attention to detail.
Ability to demonstrate professionalism and respect for subjects' rights and individual needs.