Research Assistant Position #41989a
June 28, 2017 on idealist.org website
Will Williams, MD Director of Research, Health Science Adolescent Health Center
Mount Sinai Medical Center
320 East 494th Street, Second Floor
New York, NY 10128
The Health Science Adolescent Center (HSAC) is seeking Research Assistants (RAs) to work on studies of human papillomavirus
(HPV) infection in adolescent females and males in the New York City area. The purposes of these studies are to examine the risk
of HPV in these populations and the effectiveness of the HPV vaccine against cervical, penile, anal and oral HPV infection. This
position concentrates heavily on recruitment and retention of adolescent female and male participants. Candidates should have a
background in health education, or strongly related experience, and feel extremely comfortable talking with adolescents about
reproductive health and anatomy. Candidates should be outgoing, have demonstrated great interpersonal skills and be willing to
provide a full-time one-year commitment (minimally). This is a research study, so an understanding of human subjects research
protections, HIPAA regulations and general research protocols is valuable. An understanding of issues related urban health
concerns, diversity and health disparities, as well as STIs and their impact on youth are also important.
The HSAC, a program of the Health Science School of Medicine and Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, provides
free, integrated and comprehensive primary health care, sexual / reproductive health care and mental health care services to
more than 10,000 urban adolescents and young adults each year, most of whom have low income and are minorities. The Center
is a well-recognized teaching site for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral health professions students, as well as a leader in
conducting federally funded research in adolescent health.
Essential Job Functions
Working closely with the Clinical Research Manager, the RA will work on research projects aimed at improving the quality of
health care for NYC youth. Tasks and responsibilities may include but are not limited to: recruiting study participants; enrolling
patients and obtaining informed consent; administering questionnaires to patients; developing and maintaining databases;
conducting follow-up contact; attending weekly project meetings; and providing general assistance with project-related
Research Assistants will also oversee participants study visits including: conducting the screening process; aiding providers in
explaining visits and relevant health issues; scheduling follow-up & non-study appointments; providing support during the
administration of vaccinations and blood draws. Due to the nature of the clinic and the demographic of participants in the study,
the RA will be expected to do case management with the patient; this may include coordinating care with a variety of providers in
the clinic as well as following up with the patient to ensure they receive necessary healthcare. There will be lab work involved
that requires working with blood. Teamwork is a strong component of this position, therefore the ability to work with different
personalities and varied schedules are critical. The RA will be expected to be able to work independently with minimal guidance
while assuming additional leadership responsibilities as necessary with the growth of the research study.
Education & Professional Skills
College degree (BA/BS) required, preferably in a health science related field. Successful candidates must have demonstrated
excellent oral and written communication skills, including strong telephone skills and email etiquette; be highly attentive to detail
and be very organized; have basic computer skills (Word, Excel and Access); and have an interest in adolescent health.
please respond to this job ad with a resume and a cover letter.