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Job Req ID:  3614

Research Program Assistant

Role/Level/Range: ACRO/02/CB

Starting Salary Range:   $11.95-$16.44

Employee group: Full Time

Schedule: M-F, 40 hrs/wk.     

Employee subgroup: Non-Exempt

Department name: School of Medicine        

Personnel area: Pediatrics



General summary/purpose:


Under general supervision, the Research Program Assistant (RPA) for the Mobility Asthma Program (MAP) and Environmental Control as Add-on Therapy in Children with Asthma (ECATCh) supports departmental research programs and/or clinical trials with study data collection and organization through the process of recruiting and coordinating activities for one or more studies. The range of duties includes, but is not limited to: patient recruitment/ interviews, data collection, data entry, organizing collected information; records management, and communicating with team members on the status of project(s).


RPA will contribute to data collection for studies examining the potential health impacts of moving to new homes among asthmatic children participating in a housing mobility program and a study that provides home intervention for indoor allergens. The RPA will work to recruit, screen, consent and enroll interested families. RPA will be trained: to conduct home assessments including environmental air monitoring and dust sampling; to perform clinical measures of pulmonary function (spirometry and exhaled nitric oxide); to collect urine and microbiome samples, perform blood draws with participants ages 5-17, and to provide home interventions designed to reduce allergens in participant homes



Specific Duties/Responsibilities:


  • General knowledge of the research and applies basic analytical skills to administer assigned projects, and to identify situations requiring special attention.
  • Conduct routine patient interviews.
  • Assist in screening and assessment of potential study volunteers at the housing mobility program’s office and by phone.
  • Explain study procedures and obtain consent, coordinate/schedule patient follow-up appointments.
  • Collect data from patient medical records and questionnaires administered in clinic visits and participant’s homes and by phone.
  • Prepare and code data entry, enter and maintain databases.
  • Monitors data quality and accuracy as required by research protocol.
  • May run pre-established routine queries. 
  • Act as primary contact for study participants, which may include scheduling, confirming appointments, and escorting/directing to various locations on/off campus.
  • Ensure that case files and accompanying paperwork are organized and current.
  • May perform routine clinical procedures, e.g. take vital signs, blood pressure, height, weight, etc.
  • Clerical and other duties as assigned.



Minimum qualifications:


High School diploma/GED and some related experience. Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.


JHU Equivalency Formula:  30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.  Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis.  For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.


Any specific physical requirements for the job: 


Travel to locations on/off campus including participant homes and partner organization housing mobility program office. Flexible schedule including some evenings and occasional weekend hours.


Preferred qualifications:


Prefer some related coursework or administrative experience. 

School of Medicine - East Baltimore Campus

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