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POST DATE 8/10/2016
END DATE 10/15/2016

Brigham & Women's Hospital(BWH) Boston, MA

Boston, MA
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Bachelors Degree



The part time Research Assistant (RA) will support a project to develop brief, personalized informational videos providing participants with individualized breast density and cancer risk information, additional care recommendations and talking tips for conversations with their health care providers and to evaluate whether this tool improves knowledge of breast density and cancer risk, use of additional cancer screening tools, satisfaction and decision-making conflict in a sample of 300 English-speaking women undergoing mammography aged 40-75.

Additionally, the RA will support the BWH Breast Cancer Population-Based Research Optimizing Screening through Personalized Regimens (PROSPR). The RA will support all activities associated with the execution of the research study including primary data collection, data cleaning, data management, survey analysis, interacting with developers in our electronic health record, interacting with collaborators at Dartmouth Medical School, and literature searches. The RA's responsibilities will also include administrative duties as needed.

This position requires strong communication, organizational and analytical skills. The RA will assist with focus groups, data collection, data analysis, and manuscript preparation. The RA will assist with Institutional Review Board (IRB) submissions, progress reports to the sponsor organization, and organizing communication with participants, team meetings and project staff. The RA will use REDCap, Excel, and other data management software tools to assist with data collection and analysis. The RA's responsibilities will also include administrative tasks, taking minutes and literature searches.

In affiliation with the Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care (DGIM), the RA will have numerous voluntary opportunities for training and career development. DGIM holds a monthly medical seminar for RAs with review of clinical case studies and special topics, a monthly RA journal club, a research skills and data management training series, and DGIM Research Day, an annual forum for RAs to showcase their contributions via oral and poster presentations and promote professional development through a career panel discussion.


Assist with recruitment for research study.
Utilize REDCap to enable data collection efforts, including development of case report forms and descriptive data analysis. (In-house REDCap training is available.)
Perform data collection from a variety of sources, including patient medical records, and hospital clinical information systems and surveys.
Responsible for database management: create, input data, query, import/export and restructure database, forms and queries.
Perform general topic searches and specialized database searches. Retrieve journal articles from the Internet or library. Maintains a bibliographic library of supporting materials.
Assist with the preparation of formal research reports and manuscripts for publication in professional journals.
Will assist with grant progress reports. Strong writing skills helpful.
Helps with the preparation of talks and presentation materials including PowerPoint slides, tables and graphs.
Coordinate project meetings including preparation and distribution of agenda and follow-up action items.
Assist with preparing the forms for submission and obtaining approval from the Internal Review Board (IRB) for the study protocols.
Will support project management activities to help keep project proceeding efficiently.
Photocopying, electronic mailing, receiving and sending mail, scheduling meetings and conference calls, taking minutes at meetings and on conference calls, faxing, scanning, and other administrative duties as required.


Bachelors Degree and an interest in healthcare, improvement of healthcare processes, and the use of technology to support clinical care.
At least one year of prior experience in a clinical research setting
Certification in the protection of human research subjects (can be obtained after hire)
Competency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and database software.
Experience with data management, including using word-processing, spreadsheet, MS Access database software, REDCap and EndNote preferred.


1-2 years experience working in a clinical research setting.
Excellent interpersonal skills required for working with clinicians, research leadership and study staff.
Ability to demonstrate professionalism and respect.
Regard for patient privacy essential.
Good oral and written communication skills.
Organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks.
Strong work ethic, industrious.
Ability to accept and adjust to feedback from supervisors.
Ability to complete work and to meet deadlines.
Ability to use medical bibliographic retrieval programs helpful.


Cubicle in professional office setting.

Brigham and Womens Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service, or other protected status.

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