Clinical Trials Associate 2 - Center for Quality Aging
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Academic / Research
Internal Number: 2300817
Clinical Trials Associate 2 - Center for Quality Aging-2300817
:TN-Nashville-2147 Belcourt Avenue
:Medicine - Geriatrics 104328
Clinical Trials Associate II - Center for Quality Aging
Center and Project Description: The Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging was established in August 2006 as part of the Vanderbilt School of Medicine, Institute for Medicine and Public Health. The mission of the Center for Quality Aging (CQA) is to develop innovative interventions to improve quality of care and quality of life for older adults in a variety of care settings including hospital care, assisted-living, post-acute care and long-term care.
This position will provide research and project management support for three ongoing research projects. First is a hospital-based research study that aims to build a simulation model to determine optimal staffing model for hospital units in order to provide safe and high quality of care for patients. Secondly, the position supports the pilot grant awardees for the US Deprescribing Network. Finally, this position will support the local implementation team for the Synapse Medicine trial. This role offers the potential of contributing to multiple types of research studies with opportunities for growth.
Supports the activities of the Principal Investigator in accordance with the protocols and regulations. Involved in the collection, interpretation and documentation of data in support of observational research studies and clinical trials. Initiates and develops process improvements.
Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Contribute to Research Team
Communicate regularly and effectively with the interdisciplinary research team
Participate in weekly team meetings and provide feedback on study efforts, problems, and protocols
Work directly with older adults, patient families, and staff in the hospital
Complete required Institutional Review Board (IRB) training related to research with human subjects.
Abide by rules of confidentiality for data management of sensitive medical information for study participants.
Complete additional tasks as assigned by supervisor (project manager/coordinator or principal investigator)
IRB and Protocols
Assist in preparation of sponsor, IRB, and DSMB reports
Study Participant Eligibility Screening and Recruitment
Coordinate protocol and patient consent form process.
Identify and recruit clinical research subjects; monitor enrollment goals and modify recruitment strategies as necessary
Conduct standardized protocols for data collection. Examples include but are not limited to:
Perform standardized observations in the hospital and nursing home setting to monitor and record ADL care provision
Conduct patient and hospital staff interviews using standardized tools
Set up timeline of interviews and required procedures.
Abstract and record all patient data essential to the study onto required case report forms or into the electronic data collection system.
Document, collect and report adverse events accordingly to relevant bodies according to protocol
Coordinate with research staff to ensure data collection is completed on the study timeline
Accommodate variable work hours that may change weekly based on data collection but not exceed 40 total hours per week. Hours may be distributed across both day and evenings, week days and weekends for observational data collection.
Data Management & Analysis
Enter all pertinent data into electronic databases and data collection software (e.g., Excel, REDCap and SPSS statistical software) accurately and in a timely manner
Update and maintain database after participant contacts and data collection
Conduct basic descriptive data analyses
Be comfortable with large data sets
Process Improvement, Training, and Professional Development
Pursue professional development and participate on committees, as requested by management
The Division of Geriatric Medicine at Vanderbilt is dedicated to promoting healthy aging through patient care, medical education, and research. As your body ages, your health care needs change. It's important to work with a physician who has special training in keeping older adults healthy. However, Geriatric Medicine is not just for the frail and elderly. In fact, our doctors specialize in helping active "middle-aged adults" transition gracefully into their 60's and keeping you healthy throughout your senior years.
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Associate's Degree (or equivalent experience) and 1 year experience
Occasional: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.
Occasional: Walking: Moving about on foot.
Occasional: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another
Occasional: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.
Occasional: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles
Occasional: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.
Occasional: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.
Occasional: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.
Frequent: Noise: May include exposure to occupational noise levels which equal or exceed an 8-hr time-weighted average of 85 decibels, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Hearing Conservation Program which includes training, use of hearing protection, and periodic audiometry.
Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.
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