Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Research Assistant - Cancer Moonshot Digital Health in Boston, Massachusetts

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

The Division of Population Sciences is looking for an enthusiastic and organized Research Assistant I (RAI) to work on a new multi-site research study aimed at designing and implementing an electronic symptom management system. This grant is funded by the National Cancer Institute in association with the Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot Initiative and is led by Dr. Deborah Schrag. This digital health project aims to make healthcare more efficient. Through a collaboration with 6 hospital systems across the United States, our team is looking to help patients, caregivers, and their care team work together during and between visits to achieve better symptom management in cancer patients.

The mobile health app we aim to design and implement will provide patients with real-time information to help them better manage their own symptoms from home, and will promote ongoing communication between patients and their care team, even between face-to-face clinic visits. The research team will evaluate whether this system improves health outcomes, cancer care delivery, and patient satisfaction with their care or not.

We are looking to fill this important role as soon as possible. Candidates who can start in the more immediate future will be given preference over candidates who will not be availble until May/June 2019.

The Research Assistant’s efforts will primarily be focused on data collection, assisting in the development of study intervention materials, maintaining regulatory documents, training clinicians and staff on our newly developed mobile technology, and tracking all study documentation and communication. The RA will work with other Research Assistants, Project Managers, and a variety of clinicians and researchers to accomplish the aims of the projects.

Under general supervision, the Research Assistant I may be responsible for some or all of the following:

  • Training clinicians and staff on the newly developed health app.

  • Helping patients install the symptom tracking app on their phone or device

  • Reviewing and abstracting the medical records for patients. Entering the research data into the designated database.

  • Reviewing data for quality and completeness using reporting software.

  • Responsible for maintenance of regulatory documentation and compliance.

  • Maintain study-related databases, and prepare reports as needed.

  • Assist with coordination and preparation of project related meetings as requested and may be responsible for meeting minutes.

  • Assist with documentation for and communication with institutional review board; maintain regulatory documentation.

  • Maintain study databases and project documentation with organization and accuracy.

  • Maintain the security and confidentiality of all study materials and data.

  • Assist team in the coordination of project-related activities.

  • Conduct relevant literature searches and reviews as requested.

  • Other project-related or administrative responsibilities as requested by the study team.

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, natural or social science, or pre-med preferred.

The ideal candidate will have education, experience, and/or interest in:

  • Working directly with patients, caregivers, and study participants

  • Conducting medical record reviews

  • Data collection and entry

  • Cancer-related research

  • Patient-centered outcomes

  • Public Health

  • Medicine

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, dependable, motivated and willingness to learn new tasks.

  • Computer skills, including prior use of Microsoft Office products.

  • Excellent organization, communication, multi-tasking, and problem-solving skills.

  • Occasional travel may be requested

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

Job ID: 2019-13957

Grade: 15

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