Statistician Expert

Michigan, United States
30 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative (MSQC) connects hospitals across Michigan in an effort to measure and improve the care of surgical patients throughout the state. Founded in 2005, MSQC has grown to a regional collaborative of 70 Michigan hospitals dedicated to overall surgical quality improvement including improved patient outcomes and lower costs.  The MSQC Coordinating Center is part of the University of Michigan, funded by the BCBSM Value Partnerships initiative, and housed at the U of M Ann Arbor location.

This position requires expert management and analysis of very large data sets including clinical registries, billing claims, and other data sets and statistical analysis. 


The positon involves a wide range of tasks including data management, programming and analysis supporting research and quality improvement.  Specifically, the position involves providing independent and collaborative statistical leadership, such as:

  • Gather, analyze, and interpret data from a variety of sources for the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative (MSQC)
  • Merge clinical registry data with patient and collaborating hospital clinical staff surveys as well as billling claims data
  • Select data samples, design and implement methods for statistical analyses for the quality improvement programs
  • In accordance wtih evolving program needs and requirements and in consultation with the principal investigators and program staff, design new questionnaires and data collection instruments, analyze collected information, and generate reports
  • Respond to questions, data needs and ad-hoc requests from collaborating hospitals and physicians
  • Recommend and develop new statistical analyses for research projects based on data collected by the collaborative quality improvement programs
  • Work closely with the Project Directors/Operations Directors to recommend and prepare reports, charts, tables and other visual aids for the MSQC Annual Conference and Regular Meetings (3 x per year) presentations and papers
  • Create, prepare and maintain technical documentation for quality improvement programs
  • Coordinate reports and data collection with vendors.  Validate and troubleshoot analytic discrepancies
  • Take the lead in the development of methods to evaluate progress of data collection on new and existing projects
  • Participate as a team member in discussions on analysis and improvement of data collection, quality of data analysis prgramming and documentation
  • Assist nurses with analyzing data for inter-rate reliability
  • Assist in the development on data validation and testing procedures for MSQC data both independent and in conjunction with vendors

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in Statistics, biostatistics, Public Health, or Computer Science and a minimum of 10 years professional experience
  • Efficiency with SAS and/or STATA
  • Extensive experience with Microsoft Excel and Power Point for the development of presentation materials
  • Ability to independently develop presentation materials and statistical analyses
  • Direct experience in directing, managing and analyzing research projects using large administrative and medical databases is preferred
  • Strong interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Working knowledge of epidemiologic concepts and methodology
  • Basic programming knowledge using a high level programming language
  • Extensive experience with complex data structures and linkages between data sources

Desired Qualifications*

Master's degree in Statistics, biostatistics, Public Health, or Computer Science is strongly desired

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.