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Clinical Research Assistant I / BWH/BWFH Emergency Medicine

This is an excellent full-time opportunity for recent college graduates or foreign-trained physicians with an interest in medicine and/or clinical research. Working with us as an emergency department (ED) clinical research coordinator is a great way to experience medicine and clinical research. You will be embedded in our clinical work and interact closely with patients, nurses, physician assistants, doctors-in-training, faculty, and other staff. You will learn about the scientific, ethical, and organizational underpinnings of clinical research and medicine.

Our projects include but are not limited to clinical trials in infectious disease, neurology, cardiovascular critical care, novel point-of-care test devices, behavioral health emergencies, advanced care planning, and state-of-the-art digital health innovations such as digital pills, emergency ultrasound, and other novel medical technology. We also conduct studies exploring social determinants of health, health policy, community-oriented healthcare, and public surveillance projects.

This position will enable you to conduct research studies in two emergency departments:
  • Tertiary-level ED-based research (Brigham and Women’s Hospital)
  • Community ED-based research (Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital)

You will also have direct access to the department’s Research Director, research faculty members, and other staff who will mentor you in your career development. You will emerge from this experience with a terrific understanding of clinical research and medicine. 

In summary, this is a position for someone who has an interest in healthcare research and wants to plan a career in research or someone who wants to equip themselves with exposure to a fast-paced clinical environment before applying to medical, PA, nursing, or graduate schools or is preparing for medical residency.

Alumni of this team have gone on to matriculate to medical, PA, and nursing schools.

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  • Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably within the last two years
  • Bilingual proficiency in English and Spanish is a must. You will be required to pass a Qualified Bilingual Staff (QBS) Assessment during the onboarding process.

  • Circulate throughout the Level 1 Trauma Center emergency department, looking for patients eligible to participate in particular studies.
  • Understand and implement the principles of Good Clinical Practice.
  • Observe and practice excellent interpersonal skills required to develop professional relationships with the clinical staff so that they are receptive to research.
  • Explain research studies to potentially eligible research participants and their family members.
  • Obtain research informed consent.
  • Obtain research measurements, such as blood tests, spirometry (a breathing test), swabs, and survey information. Adequate training will be provided to ensure that the incumbent succeeds in their role.
  • Maintain meticulous records for all research-related activities.
  • Respond to emails and messages (including group messages) in a timely manner.
  • Liaise with study sponsors and hospital committees professionally.
  • Review medical charts to collect data.
  • Enter data into databases.
  • Prepare and manage regulatory applications to federal and local agencies (FDA, NIH, IRB, etc.) and the related approval process.
  • Monitor research studies throughout their duration and train other research coordinators on protocol specifics.
  • Seek guidance immediately whenever unsure about something.
  • Be available to work rotating shifts: morning or evening.
  • Work with a focus on understanding the research machinery to grow towards a role in project management, if applicable.
  • All other duties, as assigned. 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills are essential.
  • Excellent reading and writing skills.
  • A high degree of computer literacy.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Ability to communicate with patients from a variety of backgrounds. Speech must be clear and professional.
  • Excellent organizational and data management skills and ability to handle several responsibilities and work under tight time constraints.
  • Careful attention to detail.
  • Ability to use tact, discretion, and sound judgment when dealing with confidential information.

May serve as a study lead coordinator (as assigned) who will be responsible for training fellow coordinators.

Must be comfortable working in a hospital environment. You will work in a large, newly renovated, Level 1 Trauma Center emergency department at Brigham and Women's Hospital- a Harvard-affiliated teaching hospital. Also, research assistants frequently follow patients into the hospital and may collect research samples or data on hospital wards and intensive care units. The work also involves paper or electronic chart review and data entry.

Please include your resume, cover letter, and transcript. Address your cover letter to the Research Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital