Surgical Research Assistant
GDIT is seeking a Surgical Research Assitant to support the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Activities for this position include: Execute and provide maintenance on basic science and education related research studies within the Bioskills Training Center (HSBTC). Carry out tasks related to research studies as required by investigator.Assist in the storage, preparation, utilization and appropriate disposal of human anatomic specimens for specified research and training protocols.Maintain surgical equipment and consumables as necessary for the execution of specified protocols.Assist in surgical simulation for research and training protocolsMaintain files and records of ongoing research projects.Perform data collection as directed by the principal investigator.Enter data into Microsoft Excel and Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) databases (if applicable).Transfer data from questionnaires and data sheets to the databases. Prepare progress reports. Document all correspondence and communication pertinent to the research.Keep a log of all correspondence and communication relating to the assigned duties.Perform administrative duties related to the research such as obtaining signatures and delivering documents to CID for the investigators. Complete all paperwork and documentation as required. Assist principal investigators, research team members, and other staff in the development of, preparation for, and closeout of research studies. Maintain patient and subject confidentiality according to HIPAA and institutional regulations. Actively participate in CID departmental and command-wide research educational and training programs by providing instruction, presentations, and assistance to research staff as needed. Assist the compliance advisor with monitoring process to ensure protocol compliance. Attend conferences and other meetings as required by the protocol, the PI or sponsoring agency as authorized by the contract.Perform other research related duties as needed and within the scope of work. Education
- Knowledge of the surgical field (surgical instrument utilization, operating room procedures) and anatomic specimen laboratory procedures is required. An Associate of Science degree, surgical technologist certificate or mortuary science degree (or equivalent experience) is favorable.
- Must be willing to work with cadavers in training and experimental circumstances, and may be exposed to carcinogenic and toxic or corrosive chemicals.Ability to participate in the preparation of anatomic teaching and research cadavers/specimens including removal from storage, placement on tables, and maintenance of the cadavers, includes setup, breakdown and appropriate processing of necessary surgical instruments.Knowledge of basic surgical instrumentation and sterile instrument processing.Knowledge and skill in cadaver storage, handling, anatomic preparation, accountability and disposal procedures, including tracking of specimens and cadavers in use in the HSBTC, and cataloguing of prosection inventories.Mechanical skills sufficient to perform installation and first line preventive maintenance and repair of medical/surgical equipment.Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, supervisors, peers, co-workers, governmental regulatory agencies and other clients/suppliers. Demonstrated ability to communicate with mutual respect and consideration for diversity among individuals.Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to exercise good judgment, tact, diplomacy, and discretion in managing a broad range of complex, highly confidential and sensitive matters. Demonstrated· ability to communicate effectively with faculty, medical professionals, residents and the hospital community regarding cadavers and cadaveric materials.Skill to communicate verbally and in writing to achieve effective interaction with command leadership, clinicians and allied health providers regarding the utilization of the HSBTC.Knowledge of transport, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste (HAZMAT) and demonstrated knowledge of requirements for working in a biohazard workplace: bloodborne pathogens, exposure control plan, formaldehyde monitoring, handling and storage of hazardous materials, and Universal Precautions.Knowledge of basic computer applications and spreadsheets such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel to enter data into computerized programs for data analysis or presentations, including willingness to learn SharePoint.