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Job Req ID:  19113

Research Program Assistant II

Under the direct supervision of the Research Nursing Manager, the Research Program Assistant II is responsible for monitoring the clinical course and collection and documentation of research data points (blood samples, urine samples, EKGs, vital signs) on patients entered onto research protocols at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and possibly, external institutions.  Experience with Phlebotomy, EKG's and taking vital signs is required.


The Research Program Assistant is responsible for the organization, entry, maintenance and accuracy of all patient clinical research data in a timely and ongoing manner.  Participates in smooth patient flow, staff training, standards of practice and identifying quality improvement opportunities in outpatient research areas.


This person is responsible for caring for patients in an extremely patient focused environment. It is their responsibility to maintain professionalism at all times, and to go above and beyond the call of duty to make the patient comfortable and happy with their experience in the Clinic. Patient satisfaction is paramount and the CMA should be able and willing to do whatever it takes to exceed the patient’s expectations.


Duties and responsibilities:

  • Performs and documents phlebotomy, other sample collection, vital signs, EKGs according to JHH policy and in accordance with clinical trial specifications.
  • Maintains good working knowledge of all assigned protocols and reporting requirements.  Transmits and distributes protocol information.
  • Attends protocol start-up meetings, plans for protocol-specific activities and identifies potential barriers to protocol compliance.  Works with study staff and appropriate manager to establish reasonable solutions.
  • Adheres to all protocol requirements to ensure the validity of the clinical research data.
  • May assist in the design and creation of protocol‑ specific data collection forms with assistance.  Reviews all research worksheets for thoroughness and accuracy.  Assures appropriate vital sign, EKG, etc, worksheets are present prior to enrollment.
  • Verifies correct scheduling of patient appointments, tests, and visits as they pertain to completion of protocol requirements.  Works with study teams and management to assure corrections are made.
  • Prepares for and participates in monitoring and audits of studies, as needed.  Corrects errors when necessary.  Identifies solutions when patterns in deficiencies are noted.
  • Participate in cross training of identified phlebotomy and lab staff.  Mentors and monitors on an ongoing basis, ensuring policy/protocol compliance.
  • Collaborates with, educates and serves as a resource to clinical and research staff to assure compliance with protocol specific sampling and safety monitoring.  
  • Reports inadequate staffing in research areas to assure protocol procedures are completed with accuracy.
  • Maintains excellent understanding of research documentation requirements, mentors others , notifies appropriate staff when deviations are identified and collaborates on solutions to any identified problems




  • High School diploma or GED and 2 years of related experience required in a clinical/hospital setting, to include experience with Phlebotomy, EKG and taking vital signs.



  • Experience working in Oncology setting preferred.
  • Completion of an accredited Medical Assistant training program.
  • Current CPR certification required and must maintain certification for duration of employment.


Special Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities / Competencies:

  • Ability to problem-solve and work independently are necessary.
  • Ability to interact and communicate professionally with faculty, staff and patients from diverse backgrounds in a culturally appropriate manner.



Classified Title: Research Program Assistant II/CMA
Working Title: Research Program Assistant II  ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC 
Starting Salary Range: $14.14 - $19.44
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday/8:30am-5:00pm/40 hours 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: 10002953-SOM Onc Patient Service Coordination 
Personnel area: School of Medicine


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.


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