Clinical Research Assistant

Pennsylvania, United States
29 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
29 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Org DM-General Internal Medicine
Posted to the Web 01/28/2019
Posted Job/Salary Grade 024
Employment Type Non-Exempt
Hours 40.00
Position Type Full Time Position
Schedule 8:00 - 5:00
Months 12
Position Length Contingent Upon Funding Position

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education.


The Penn Center for Community Health Workers (the Center) is a national center of excellence for Community Health Worker (CHW) research, application and dissemination. The Center’s mission is to improve health in high risk populations through the effective use of Community Health Workers (CHWs). The Center developed IMPaCT, an innovative, evidence-based health care delivery model for improving health outcomes among socioeconomically vulnerable, high-risk patients. In the IMPaCT model, Community Health Workers (CHWs) provide structured advocacy, social support and navigation to high risk patients in order to help them reach their health goals. CHWs are trained laypeople who share life circumstances (race, socioeconomic status, language, etc.) with their patients. They are ‘natural helpers’ within the community.

IMPaCT has served more than 7,000 people in Philadelphia and has been shown to improve patients’ post-hospital primary care access, chronic disease control, and mental health while reducing hospital admissions by 30percent. More than 1,000 organizations have accessed our CHW toolkit, and we provide technical assistance to help organizations around the country create, launch, and sustain effective CHW programs. Our Center is part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. 

Data is crucial to the IMPaCT model. We use a variety of data sources to identify high-risk patients in real-time, to ensure that IMPaCT is effective in improving patient outcomes, and to understand how IMPaCT is working and how it may be improved. We are looking for a meticulous, intellectually-curious and driven individual to serve as an IMPaCT Research Assistant. The Research Assistant will report to a Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) and assist the CRC in the provision of strategic support for multiple Community Health Worker (CHW) care teams embedded within both inpatient and outpatient settings.

The Research Assistant (RA) will aid the Clinical Research Coordinator and the Principal Investigator in the development and execution of data driven quality improvement (QI) initiatives within the Penn Center for CHWs. The principal role of the RA will be to provide general research and administrative support for the IMPaCT Transitions, Home, and Primary Care programs. Administrative duties will include reviewing UPHS electronic medical records on a daily basis to identify and enroll patients who meet the eligibility criteria to receive the IMPaCT intervention as part of their routine care. Research duties will also include screening and enrolling study participants, maintaining telephone follow-up with study participants, data collection, survey administration, medical chart abstractions, data entry/cleaning, as well as assisting with preparation and submission of regulatory documents to the Penn IRB and other entities. Additional tasks may include assisting with grant-writing based on pilot results, conducting literature reviews and assisting with the preparation of scholarly manuscripts and presentations. The RA will be expected to perform other duties as reasonably assigned.


  • A High School Diploma or GED and 3 years to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. BA/BS preferred.
  • Experience with clinical research: data collection, analysis, and study implementation
  • Strong verbal and written skills and ability to interact with a diverse population of clinicians, administrative staff, and program participants
  • Excellent organizational skills, very detail-oriented
  • Ability to work independently and solve problems effectively
  • Effective communication and writing skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel 

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Familiarity with medical terminology and experience gained in a clinical environment preferred
  • Working knowledge of Penn Medicine Systems (EPIC, MedView, REDCap)

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.