HS Sr Research Specialist
Appointment Type: Definitions
Staff - Term: Full Time
Working Title (if applicable):
HS Sr Research Specialist
CRTC Cancer Epidemiology
13 - $3,163.33 min to $4,525.73 midpoint(MO)
UNM Health Sciences Center (Abq)
The University of New Mexico Cancer Center (UNMCC) is a statewide provider of cancer care and is influential in the cancer field throughout New Mexico and the nation. The Official Cancer Center of New Mexico, the UNMCC is the only academic healthcare facility dedicated to both cancer research and patient care. We are also the only cancer center in New Mexico designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and one of just 67 premier NCI-designated centers nationwide. We employ the largest staff of research scientists and clinicians in the state and participate in approximately 300 clinical trials at any one time. Our clinical and laboratory researchers were awarded $60 million in funding in 2011 and our clinic saw over 15,800 cancer patients from every county in New Mexico in more than 137,000 patient visits. We currently serve 65 percent of the adults and virtually all of the children in New Mexico who are newly diagnosed with cancer. The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention at the UNMCC is seeking a full-time Health Sciences Senior Research Specialist for a large epidemiologic study of breast cancer biology, treatment, and survival. Under indirect supervision of the study Principal Investigator, the selected candidate will apply advanced, highly specialized problem-solving and data collection skills in order to perform the following duties: Lead and participate in rigorous, on-going training sessions to master complicated study protocols, including: study-specific coding rules, data management and tracking, and quality control checks Oversee and perform abstraction of comprehensive breast cancer diagnosis and treatment related information from electronic and paper patient medical charts within hospitals, clinics, and MD offices in the Albuquerque/Santa Fe region Apply advanced understanding of coding guidelines, including knowledge of the AJCC6 Breast Cancer Staging Guidelines and the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology, to record data accurately and completely in over 1,000 fields Provide expertise regarding collection of specific cancer treatment data, including development and revision of data collection forms, coding sheets, and procedures Employ professional expertise to make and to defend coding judgment calls (e.g., cancer staging calls based on incomplete pathology data, location of additional treatment data given incomplete charts, identifying additional sources of pathology data, etc.) Meticulously extract and record medical record data and enter into electronic database Conduct data quality control audits, develop and revise QA tools, and oversee process improvements Communicate regularly with study data-entry personnel to improve the validity of study data by clarifying abstraction notes This position requires careful attention to detail, a strong work ethic, excellent written and oral communication skills, professional expertise in medical coding of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, and the ability to function both independently and as part of a research team. Dependable transportation for travel within the Albuquerque/Santa Fe is required. Certification as a Cancer Tumor Registrar a plus. TERM APPOINTMENT; FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR ONE YEAR; CONTINUANCE BEYOND THAT DATE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY OF ADDITIONAL FUNDING. This position is benefits eligible. The University of New Mexico (UNM) provides a diversified package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependant education programs. For a more complete explanation of the benefits, Click here.
Master's degree with at least 3 years of directly related experience. OR Bachelor's degree with at least 5 years of directly related experience OR High school diploma or GED; at least 9 years experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
Current National Tumor Registrar Association Certification At least one year previous experience in data collection or medical record review in a clinical setting At least two years previous experience with prospective or retrospective research studies involving collection of medical/public health data Previous medical coding experience, including CPT-4, ICD-9, and HCPCS coding systems. Experience conducting quality control audits of information extracted from medical records Experience with computer data entry for research purposes
For Best Consideration:
Open Until Filled
Application type required for this position:
Staff/UNMTemps Employment Application
Additional requirements for this position:
Candidates for this position must be eligible for employment as verified by the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Government Services Administration (GSA); those individuals on the OIG/GSA Exclusion Lists will not be considered for hire. Once hired, periodic checks will be made for eligibility of continued employment. Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check. Please review the UNM Position Classification Description for additional requirements: HS Sr Research Specialist
Required Applicant Documents:
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT NAMES OF 3 PRESENT/PAST SUPERVISORS AS REFERENCES THAT THE HIRING OFFICIAL WILL BE ABLE TO CONTACT. ONLY PAST/PRESENT SUPERVISORY REFERENCES ARE ACCEPTED. FAILURE TO DO SO MAY DELAY AND/OR PREVENT YOU FROM BEING HIRED. IF SELECTED FOR THIS POSITION YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR OFFICIAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS DEPENDING ON EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS POSITION. YOU MUST SUBMIT THESE BEFORE YOUR HIRE CAN BE PROCESSED.
Appointment End Date
One year from hire
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