Boston Medical Center Research Assistant - Psychiatry - (PT, 20 hrs, Days) in Boston, Massachusetts

Research Assistant - Psychiatry - (PT, 20 hrs, Days)

Job ID 4701704 Date posted 05/23/2017

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Boston Medical Center (BMC) is more than a hospital. It´s a network of support and care that touches the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in need each year. It is the largest and busiest provider of trauma and emergency services in New England. Emphasizing community-based care, BMC is committed to providing consistently excellent and accessible health services to all—and is the largest safety-net hospital in New England. The hospital is also the primary teaching affiliate of the nationally ranked Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and a founding partner of Boston HealthNet – an integrated health care delivery systems that includes many community health centers. BMC provides a full range of pediatric and adult care services, from primary to family medicine to advanced specialty care.

BMC is also committed to our employees, who are a very important piece to who we are. We pride ourselves in providing equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. BMC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

The Research Assistant will perform research activities using approved techniques. Conducts patient recruitment, administers questionnaires, abstracts medical records, maintains patient databases, performs administrative tasks, assists in grant preparation, performs literature searches and participates with the research team in preparation of data and other reports. May also assist the principal investigator with interpreting experimental results, and in preparing and writing manuscripts.


  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required.

  • Prefer experience in clinical research, public health experience or working with children and families.

  • Previous experience with recruiting subjects, with an understanding of the ethical and technical conduct of research preferred

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written).

  • Bilingual candidate preferred, not required, fluent in spoken and written English, Spanish, and/or Haitian Creole.

  • Cultural sensitivity and comfort with a wide range of social, racial and ethnic populations.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (i.e. MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook) and web browsers. Experience with statistical software a plus.

  • Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality of all personal/health sensitive information.

Essential Responsibilities/Duties:

  1. Completes training in research methods and the ethical conduct of research instruction by Principal Investigator.

  2. Recruits subjects to participate in the study; conducts the enrollment of study participants, including explaining research procedures & protocols, and obtaining informed consent of subjects and/or their families.

  3. Schedules appointments of study participants; conducts reminder phone calls and/or sends mailouts.

  4. Administers questionnaires, conducts interviews, and assists study participants in navigating through questionnaires.

  5. Reviews the data collection forms for each enrollee for completion and quality; checks work of data entry staff to ensure timely and accurate entry (reviews protocols, , abstracts secondary data from existing records, notes, etc.)

  6. Performs a variety of routine data management procedures (e.g., data entry, producing basic reports, data cleaning, database maintenance).

  7. Provides assistance in the development of reports, grants, presentations and data analysis.

  8. Conducts literature searches and synthesizes information in requested formats.

  9. Maintains patient study files in accordance with legal and institutional guidelines.

  10. Attends all required training and meetings of the research team, as instructed by Principal Investigator.

  11. Assist Investigators with manuscript and presentation preparation and research.

  12. Participates in staff meetings/initiatives including appropriate quality improvement and education activities, or if unable to attend non-mandatory activities, accepts responsibility to review meeting minutes and becomes knowledgeable of issues discussed.

  13. Performs office-related duties such as answering phones, picking up and delivering mail, storing and distributing office supplies, handling faxes, scanning, filing, photocopying, collating materials, maintaining the update of policy manuals, etc.

  14. Conforms to hospital standards of performance and conduct, including those pertaining to patient rights, so that the best possible customer service and patient care may be provided.

  15. Utilizes hospital's behavioral standards as the basis for decision making and to facilitate the hospital’s goals and mission.

  16. Follows established hospital infection control and safety procedures.

  17. Other duties as assigned.