Clinical Research Coordinator: Amputation Research Program / BWH Surgery
The AMI Amputation Research Program is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institution research program focused on developing and validating a new approach to amputation surgery using the AMI (agonist-antagonist myoneural interface) technique. The principal investigator leading the clinical aspects of this work is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Together with our colleagues across Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and multiple other research institutions across the country, we are working on a portfolio of clinical trials to provide better surgical options for persons requiring limb amputation. Our work is primarily funded by various agencies within the Department of Defense.
The CRC will join the Principal Investigator, Program Manager, Clinical Research Coordinator and other members of the research and clinical teams at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to perform groundbreaking work towards improving the way amputations are performed. This role will afford opportunities to work with patients in both research and clinical settings, learn clinical trial management, observe novel amputation surgical procedures, and become familiar with Good Clinical Practice and other federal and institutional regulatory practices. The CRC will work closely with patients, Plastic Surgery clinical staff, administrative staff throughout the hospital, and many of our collaborators at other institutions under the guidance of the Program Manager and the Principal Investigator.
For more information on our research, please visit the AMI page on the MIT Media Lab website and see our current postings on clinicaltrials.gov – lower extremity amputation, upper extremity amputation, above-knee with e-OPRA, below-knee with e-OPRA and residual limb revision.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The CRC has the following principal duties and responsibilities:
- Orients new and potential subjects to our clinical trials, including educating patients about our studies and managing recruitment, screening, and enrollment of research participants.
- Shepherds enrolled patients through the various study-related encounters, including coordinating study visits, imaging sessions, and functional outcomes testing sessions. This may also include assisting patients with insurance-related issues and travel arrangements.
- Administers questionnaires regarding limb function and quality of life.
- Serves as a liaison between subjects and PI/Program Manager and between subjects and other hospital administrative staff as appropriate.
- Participates in subject clinic visits and procedures related to their participation in research studies.
- Collects and maintains patient information and study data. This will include collecting operative data during surgical procedures.
- Maintains subjects’ records and research study regulatory documentation.
- Performs research billing activities.
- Assists with compliance with the MGB IRB and other federal and institutional guidelines.
- All other activities involved with the daily management of clinical research protocols, as assigned.
- Coordinates study activities, transfer of information, and other necessary study related items between multiple study sites (WR/MIT and others) and regulatory bodies in conjunction with the Clinical Research Coordinator
- Ensures proper communication between different disciplines participating in the research. Could be in the form of organizing meetings, dinners, etc.
Qualifications - External
- B.S. or B.A. required
- Demonstrated interest in clinical research
- Experience with Microsoft Office suite, REDCap, and basic computer literacy skills
SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Careful attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.
- Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to prioritize a variety of tasks and demonstrated proactivity in completing tasks.
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Ability to demonstrate professionalism and respect for subject’s rights, privacy, and individual needs.
- Interest in at least a one-year commitment, preferably two+ years
- Strong interest in the surgical field
- Prior experience working with patients
- Prior experience with data collection/management, preferably in a clinical setting
- Sufficient scientific background to assist in preparing academic manuscripts for publication