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The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology serves as a regional resource for clinical laboratory services required for patient care, research and educational programs in laboratory medicine. The department currently employs 900 people who work at the award-winning University of Washington Medical Center (ranked among the top medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report), Harborview Medical Center (the region's only Level I Trauma center, known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally- and medically- vulnerable populations.), and many other clinical and research facilities in the area. The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement and natural beauty.
The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology - Virology Division has an outstanding opportunity for a fixed duration, full-time, variable shift, COVID RESEARCH MEDICAL ASSISTANT.
The Medical Assistant (MA) will play a critical role in the study of COVID-19 prevalence and immune response. The MA will spend their days out in the field, obtaining COVID-related data for a large-scale, multidisciplinary study. This position will support statewide longitudinal SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virologic and serologic surveys for Washington done in partnership with state and county-level public health authorities. We are actively collaborating with other groups to perform analysis of immunity, host and viral factors.
The MA will be supervised by the Research Coordinator and the Research Nurse Supervisor and will assist medical staff such as doctors, registered nurses, phlebotomists and other survey collaborators. The MA will collect, prepare, and transport nasopharyngeal and blood specimens and provide qualitative survey data collection for this community-oriented research program. Specimen and data collection will include approaching and interviewing participants in local communities and designated survey sites. The MA will assess participant eligibility according to protocol. Data collection and specimen transport will require them to travel within and between counties.
SCHEDULE: This is a fixed duration position with an anticipated duration of 6-8 months. This position requires regular travel throughout Washington's King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.
Acquire research data alongside research project staff and public health collaborators; interview participants using electronic questionnaire
Collect specimens in diverse environments (e.g. households, mobile vehicles, pop-up sites) including travel to survey sites – navigating using GPS and address information
Adhere to safety guidelines, including correctly donning and doffing personal protective equipment (PPE) and ensuring sterile specimen collection
Utilize electronic devices such as tablets to collect and input quality data; accurately capturing participant demographic, symptom assessment, medical history, socioeconomic and behavioral factors related to exposure and transmission, etc.
Perform tasks such as venipuncture, nasopharyngeal swabs and operation of monitoring equipment including pulse oximeters and blood pressure cuffs in pediatric and adult populations
Process, prepare and transport laboratory specimens
Schedule subject participation and specimen collection
Advise the work of support staff such as phlebotomists and clerical support personnel, scheduling assistants, laboratory couriers and other external collaborators to achieve research objectives
Adhere to the research protocol to assess eligibility of survey participants and obtain informed consent
Describe and clarify research protocol to participants, answering participant and community questions regarding the research and providing basic public health education related to COVID-19
Interact with external collaborators to include public agencies, private organizations, community liaisons and volunteers supporting the survey
Ensure return of results to participants per protocol
Collect data and produce timely reports on field data collection progress
Perform related duties as required
REQUIREMENTS: Completion of a Medical Assistant course accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) or other recognized regional or national accreditation board; OR equivalent education/experience.
LEGAL REQUIREMENT: Must be Washington State Medical Assistant-Certified or achieve this designation during the probationary period. Failure to achieve and/or maintain this designation will result in termination of employment.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: Valid driver’s license
Experience interacting with and collecting specimens from pediatric populations
Language skills, especially fluency in Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese), Tagalog, Vietnamese, etc.
Ability to exercise good judgement regarding personal safety and the safety of others
Experience interviewing and collecting specimens in research settings, especially outside of a clinic environment
Experience working with diverse populations and settings
Professional communication skills in-person, via email, and over the telephone
Demonstrated ability to work and contribute as part of a team
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
It will be necessary to work in other departmental and field locations in order to meet patient service requirements
Will be considered essential staff and as such will be required to report to work when scheduled despite inclement weather
Travel estimated around 75%
Work different shifts to attain adequate response rates for the survey, including afternoons, evenings and weekend work
Must operate motor vehicle for travel to and from sites, transport of survey personnel, and transport specimens for processing and delivery to courier
Work outdoors in different seasons in hot and cold environments
Regular teleconference work and possible travel required to Seattle for meetings with research leadership team and collaborators
UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center - Montlake, UW Medical Center - Northwest, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, and Airlift Northwest.
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