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The University of Washington’s Division of Medical Oncology has a position for a Temporary Clinical Research Assistant to support the Renal Cell, Melanoma, and Merkel Cell Oncology Clinical Trials Research Program.
The purpose of this position is to promote the research objectives of the Renal/Melanoma Programs in the Division of Oncology. This position works with Division of Medical Oncology faculty and research staff to facilitate investigator-initiated and pharmaceutical-sponsored clinical trials. This position will work in conjunction with research staff implementing multiple research projects to test hypotheses in human subjects.
The Research Assistant will work provide administrative and technical support to the research team to collect and abstract clinical data from medical records and research charts. At any one time upwards of 50 oncology patients across the disease program may be enrolled on clinical trials at any given time. It is critical that this person be able to prioritize numerous concurrent tasks. This position also needs to manage both short term and long term multi-step tasks.
The mission statement of the University of Washington Medical Center states that the Medical Center serves as a research resource, providing an environment in which clinical research may be conducted. This position is integral to that mission. This position provides significant contributions to research development and implementation for the Division of Oncology. It is responsible for assisting in the management of clinical trials, the majority of which provide significant financial support for the Division of Oncology. Furthermore, at any one time up to 50 oncology patients within the disease program will be enrolled on these clinical trials.
This position must be able to work on multiple research projects without benefit of written policies or procedures. This position requires daily interaction with research staff, health care personnel (e.g. nurses, patient care coordinators, patient service representatives, medical assistants), pharmaceutical company sponsors and any other groups integral to the successful completion of the research project.
Data Coordination, Abstraction and Analysis •Work independently to obtain, abstract, code and enter complex clinical information from multiple sources (medical records, research records, etc.) for research subjects into various study-specific electronic data-capture systems. •Resolve and answer data queries with minimal errors. •Make independent judgments about the relevance of the clinical data to the research for complicated oncology research subjects. •Principally responsible for monitoring and tracking upcoming patient visits and maintaining research programs patient calendar. •Understand research study flow and work with research team members to perform the required research support tasks at appropriate study appointments. •For some research studies, independently request copies of radiology images, complete requisition forms and submit to pharmaceutical companies. •Work with Research Coordinators to develop study-specific data acquisition forms. •Work professionally with sponsor representatives to review and correct data recorded in the case report forms. Exercise independent judgment on query resolutions.
Protocol Coordination •Independently maintain and track laboratory sample supplies, complete requisition forms, and assemble kits for upcoming research subject visits for assigned clinical trials. •Independently track and process research subject blood and urine samples and radiology scan copies from both internal and external providers. Follow study specific guidelines for collection, labeling, and/or shipping. •Obtain medical records from external providers and facilities. •For some research studies, independently request copies of radiology images, complete requisition forms and submit to pharmaceutical company.
Regulatory coordination •Complete and collect required regulatory documents for submission to pharmaceutical sponsors, internal review committees, and other regulatory authorities. •Maintain regulatory approval files. •Assist with maintaining regulator folders in the eBinder system •Assist research staff with ongoing IRB and other regulatory submissions.
Administrative •Collate and establish study-specific research and reference binders. •File requisitions and other research documentation in each patient's research chart. •May occasionally interact with patients at study visits to collect data. •Perform related tasks as assigned.
Minimum Requirements: •Two years of college-level course work in a relevant academic area AND one year of appropriate experience or equivalent education/experience. •Demonstrated understanding of medical terminology. •Strong computer skills and experience with data entry and databases. •Strong attention to detail and ability to organize work. •Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, and to work effectively with colleagues, research subjects, and study sponsor representatives. •Demonstrated ability to work independently and to carry out complex tasks.
Desired: •Bachelor's Degree in science-related field •Knowledge of Oncology practice and terminology •Prior working experience at the UWMC, FHCRC, and/or SCCA •Prior experience in basic processing laboratory samples •Competency in Microsoft Office software •Knowledge of HIPAA regulations.
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