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Clinical Research Specialist-Neurosurgery, Dr. Vahidy

Company: Houston Methodist
Location: Houston
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

JOB SUMMARYAt Houston Methodist, the Clinical Research Specialist position is responsible for supporting multiple projects under supervision of Clinical Trial Manager which may include clinical research protocols, gathering patient data via methods specified in the study protocol, study reports. This position ensures accurate data collection, documentation organization, and safety of study volunteers.
Refer to departmental "Scope of Service" and "Provision of Care" plans, as applicable, for description of primary age groups and populations served by this job for the respective HM entity.


  • Provide personalized care and service by consistently demonstrating our I CARE values:
    • INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.
    • COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.
    • ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.
    • RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.
    • EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate.
    • Focuses on patient/customer safety
    • Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards
    • Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)
    • Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs are being met
    • Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports byenabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the given job
    • Displays cultural humility, diversity, equity and inclusion principles
    • Actively supports the organization vision, fulfills the mission and abides by the I CARE values
      PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIESJob responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job. -PEOPLE - 20%
    • Supports the interprofessional team of clinical research investigators, nurses and coordinators. Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a dynamic, team-focused work unit that actively helps one other to achieve optimal department results. (EF)
    • Conducts self in a manner that is congruent with cultural diversity, equity and inclusion principles. Contributes towards improvement of department scores for employee engagement, i.e. peer-to-peer accountability. (EF) -SERVICE - 30%
    • Performs clinical research support functions as assigned by the clinical trial manager including but not limited to informed consent for non-interventional studies, data abstraction and recording in CRFs. (EF)
    • Makes phone calls to study patients for appointment reminders and follow-up. (EF)
    • Transports blood and tissue samples. Processes and packages lab samples for shipping to sponsor or storage at site per the study manual of operations. (EF) -QUALITY/SAFETY - 20%
    • Completes required case report forms and resolves queries. Ensures accurate data collection, documentation organization, and safety of study volunteers. Ensures accurate regulatory filing. (EF)
    • Assists Clinical Trial Manager in identifying opportunities research work flow process improvement, providing recommendations, and contributes to meeting department and hospital targets for quality and safety. (EF) -FINANCE - 15%
    • Assures study conduct meets appropriate IRB, FDA, ICH and agency guidelines. (EF)
    • Utilizes resources with cost effectiveness and value creation in mind. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks, assisting coworkers as needed. (EF) -GROWTH/INNOVATION - 15%
    • Assist in simple data analysis, with development of training materials for data reports, systems and collection and report generation. (EF)
    • Leads and identifies opportunities for performance improvement. Supports change initiatives and adapts to unexpected changes. (EF)
    • Seeks opportunities to identify self-development needs and takes appropriate action. Ensures own career discussions occur with appropriate management. Completes and updates the My Development Plan on an on-going basis. (EF) -This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.
      EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSo Bachelor's degree in health science-related field -EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTSo One year experience in healthcare setting preferredo Research setting preferred
      KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED.o Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluationso Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or securityo Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principleso Exhibits good listening skillso Ability to work independently and analyze and solve problemso Demonstrates the ability to manage clinical and interpersonal situationso Able to prioritize tasks and manage multiple projectso Self-motivated with the ability to think critically and work independently -SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTSWork Attire Yes/NoUniform NoScrubs YesBusiness professional YesOther (dept approved) No -On-Call* No*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above. -Travel**May require travel within YesHouston Metropolitan area -May require travel outside Noof Houston Metropolitan area -**Travel specifications may vary by department. -Please note any other special considerations to this job: Some assignments may be in hospital units (including laboratory) with typical hospital environmental hazards and concerns _
      Houston Methodist Research Institute was formed in 2004 to rapidly and efficiently translate discoveries made in the laboratory and the clinic into new diagnostics, therapies, and treatments. The research institute was created to provide the infrastructure and support for these endeavors, and to house the technology and resources needed to make innovative breakthroughs in important areas of human disease. A 540,000 square foot building dedicated to research, the research institute houses over 1,500 staff and trainees, 284 principal investigators and has more than 570 ongoing clinical trials.

Keywords: Houston Methodist, Houston , Clinical Research Specialist-Neurosurgery, Dr. Vahidy, Healthcare , Houston, Texas

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