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Research Program Coordinator
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Location/Affiliates: Mount Sinai Medical Center (Manhattan)
Department: 034 - Pulmonary
Requisition Number: 13-1572294
Description of Research Position: Coordinator for a research project funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that evaluates communication by clinicians with families of critically ill (intensive care unit) patients requiring prolonged mechanical ventilation.
We are seeking a Project Coordinator to oversee a research project funded by NIH. This project is being conducted at 4 hospitals including Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and 3 hospitals in North Carolina (Chapel Hill and Durham). The project is a randomized controlled trial evaluating an intervention related to communication by clinicians with families of adult critically ill (intensive care unit) patients who require prolonged mechanical ventilation. The intervention involves proactive meetings with the family conducted by a special team consisting of a doctor and nurse with expertise in palliative care. Informed consent is sought from eligible patients and families, who are recruited together as subjects.
The Principal Investigators for this project are Dr. Judith Nelson, who specializes in intensive care and palliative care at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY, and Dr. Shannon Carson, who specializes in intensive care at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Medicine. The Project Coordinator will devote 100% effort to this study, with extramural funding from NIH through March 31, 2015 and the possibility of continuation on other research projects thereafter.
The Project Coordinator assists the Principal Investigators in coordination of all project activities across the 4 study sites, but is based at Mount Sinai (traveling to North Carolina for several days in 2014 and/or 2015. These activities include (but are not limited to) recruitment, training, and oversight of all of the activities of Research Coordinators at each of the sites; data collection; support of the centralized data management effort (handled by a research center at the University of North Carolina); coordination of submissions and reports relating to compliance with Institutional Review Board and HIPAA requirements; progress reporting to NIH; and facilitation of the processes of the Data and Safety Monitoring Board that oversees the project. The Project Coordinator leads bi-weekly telephone conferences for Research Coordinators from all study sites; prepares for and participates in bi-weekly telephone conferences of the Principal Investigators and monthly telephone conferences of key personnel (Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators); and communicates via email and telephone with all members of the investigative team. The Project Coordinator conducts periodic audits of documentation by clinicians involved in the study to verify adherence to the study protocol and documentation requirements, and oversees and assists with ongoing data cleaning.
In addition, the Project Coordinator is responsible for screening and recruitment of patient and family subjects at Mount Sinai (a part-time research coordinator at Mount Sinai, who is supervised by the Project Coordinator, shares responsibility for screening and recruitment as well as other study activities), contacting the randomization center for group assignments for these subjects, arranging the proactive meetings between clinicians and ICU families, and entering certain data on computerized case forms. The Project Coordinator also audiotapes a random sample of these meetings, facilitates the process of transcription by an outside transcriber, and participates in qualitative analysis of these transcripts.
The Project Coordinator oversees the research budget and coordinates with the Administrator of the Division and the Grants and Contracts Office of the institution.
Master's in Biostatistics or Natural Sciences
Minimum three years experience in data management and study coordination in healthcare or basic research.
Candidates for this position should have experience in clinical research including subject recruitment and management of regulatory documents; strong organizational and computer skills; and the ability to work independently, initiate tasks, and supervise and train other staff; to collaborate well with investigators, research staff, and clinicians across disciplines who care for critically ill patients; to communicate with others effectively; to utilize a paperless (electronic) system for data collection, entry, and organization; and to present information in tables, diagrams, and Powerpoint presentations as requested by the Principal Investigators.
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