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Clinical Research Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant 

EOE StatementWe are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
 
About the Organization The mission of Fenway Health is to enhance the wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and all people in our neighborhoods and beyond through access to the highest quality health care, education, research, and advocacy. Fenway Health was founded in 1971 and has grown from a less than 10 person operation in the basement of a building near the Boston Fens to one of the largest LGBT-focused organizations in the world. It consists of three main centers:

• Fenway Community Health Center, our clinical arm, which is a federally qualified health center that operates three clinic sites (Fenway:1340, Fenway:South End, and the Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center) in the Boston area and provides over 30,000 patients with primary and specialty medical care, behavioral health care, optometry care, and dental care;

• The Fenway Institute, our research/training/education/policy development arm, which houses numerous research initiatives as well as the National LGBT Education Project, the LGBT Aging Project, the National Center for Innovation in HIV Care, and the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health; and

• AIDS Action, our HIV/AIDS service organization, which provides nonclinical services (case management, housing and legal assistance, outreach, peer support) to people living with HIV/AIDS and operates numerous programs focusing on HIV/STD prevention/testing/treatment, including the Access (drug user health program), TransCEND (transgender peer support and risk reduction program), and Youth on Fire (drop-in center for homeless and street-involved youth) programs.
 
Position Biomedical Research Clinician  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Description

Function:
Under the direction of the Principal Investigators and the Medical Director for TFI and reporting to the Director of Administration and Planning, the Biomedical Research Clinician will work in collaboration with other study clinicians and non-clinical staff to support the clinical activities, coordination, and implementation of biomedical research and clinical trials conducted at TFI.
Representative Duties:

1. Provides clinical care using established protocols

  • Performs clinical procedures according to study protocols; this may include but is not limited to: complete physical examination, gynecological examination, rectal examination, and assessment of mental health
  • May perform specialty clinical assessments following training and proficiency review. This may include but it not limited to: colposcopy, cervical/vaginal biopsy, anoscopy, rectal biopsy
  • Counsels study staff and clients on physical exam assessments
  • Assesses, interprets and reports laboratory results according to standard clinical care and study protocol; communicates and documents lab results to participant, other study clinicians and to primary care providers, as requested by participants, within the guidelines of informed consent
  • Provides follow-up counseling, instructions, guidance and referral as needed to staff and/or clients for continuity of care
  • Evaluates study participant state of health and being, including reported or noted adverse events, and discusses and/or reports as needed to site clinician, PI, and/or study sponsor
  • Provides telephone triage for study participants regarding medical issues.
  • Provides technical assistance and oversight of study staff who are performing designated clinical procedures, such as phlebotomy
  • Provides clients with information about their physical health and makes assessments and referrals to health care providers as needed
  • Assesses and documents eligibility and participation status of candidates
  • Supports participant appointments to ensure clinical safety of participants and protocol expectations.

2. Provides sexual health/STI/HIV risk reduction counseling and education to participants and provides behavioral interviews and/or assessments as specified by protocol

  • Conducts counseling, education and risk education in accordance with participant needs and study requirements
  • Conducts pre- and post-test HIV and STI prevention counseling and risk reduction education per agency and study standards.
  • Provides clients with emotional support and makes appropriate referrals to mental health and other support care providers as needed
  • Conducts behavioral interviews with study participants in a clear, open-minded, non-judgmental context; maintains established guidelines of confidentiality and ethical accountability in all discourse with study participants

3. Provides clinical support and training to research staff

  • Works with study staff to further advance their understanding of medicical history taking, and assessment of adverse events
  • Assists study staff in ongoing clinical assessment of study participants including lab and adverse event grading, documentation, and reporting
  • Communicates regularly with study clinicians, MDs, and PIs regarding laboratory and clinical findings
  • Works with research staff to follow adverse events of study participant from onset to closure.
  • Assists study staff with clinical interventions including vaccinations, blood draws, procedure support, laboratory processing, and medical histories.
  • Provides ongoing assessment of staff clinical training needs
  • Responds to staff requests for clinical training and information on an ongoing basisscore: N/A

4. Supports the oversight of clinical research procedures and activities

  • Supports Project Managers and Study Coordinators with clinical aspects on new and ongoing studies to ensure high level of competency among deligated research staff.
  • Participates in study initiation and site monitoring visits as needed.
  • Supports PM and SC to respond to monitoring findings, establish clinical procedures and implement quality improvement measures for new and ongoing studies.
  • Participates on study-related conference calls when appropriate and attends study specific operations meetings and trainings.
  • Prepares site for clinical procedures for new and ongoing biomedical studies and supporting associated staff training
  • Develops and updates Standard Operating Procedures for consistent clinical operations in compliance with protocol guidelines
  • Meets regularly with study clinicians and project managers to review adherence to and conduct of clinical study operations, staffing issues, and the fidelity and quality assurance of the study interventions

5. Accurately documents study research

  • Completes case report forms accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Develops protocol specific source documents and case report forms as necessary
  • Responds to data and clinical queries, including email and phone correspondence as needed.
  • Informs Principal Investigator and Sponsor within protocol-specified time frames when patients suffer clinically important or serious adverse events
  • Actively participates in Quality Assurance and Quality Control activities that relate to the delivery of study participant care
  • Maintains study data in compliance with study sponsor standards

6. Meets agency participatory expectation

  • Adheres to all agency and departmental policies and procedures
  • Participates in quality assessment and improvement activities as requested
  • Adheres to the highest principles of patient and client confidentiality
  • Adheres to established safety policies, procedures and precautions; identifies potential or actual unsafe situations in the environment and takes measures to rectify the situation
  • Attends all required meetings, in-services and professional trainings
  • Maintains professional competence necessary to perform job responsibilities; maintains and provides agency with records of continuing education activities
  • Serves on agency committees and in professional organizations when requested

7. Perform related duties as required

We offer competitive salaries, and for those who qualify, an excellent benefits package; including comprehensive medical and dental insurance plans, and a retirement plan with employer match. We also provide 11 paid holidays, paid vacation, and more.
LGBTQ-identified persons, people of color, and others from historically underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.

 
Number of Openings 1  
Position Requirements

Qualifications:

  • Current licensure as Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant or other clinical license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Master’s Degree Completion as Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant (minimum clinical degree)
  • Additional degree in public health, health management, or related field highly desirable
  • 2+ years in project management and/or supervisory experience desirable
  • 2+ years in a clinical setting
  • HIV-related experience preferred
  • Grant and report writing desirable
  • Ability to multi-task and manage clinical care across several projects in parallel, paying attention to detail
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Enthusiastic and professional attitude
  • Proficiency with MS Office and the Web, experience with design applications helpful
  • Experience working in communities heavily impacted by HIV
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to diverse communities, particularly communities of color and gay/lesbian/ bisexual/transgender communities
  • Willingness to travel locally, domestically, and internationally as needed

Physical Requirements:

  • Requires being able to work a 7.5 hour day, the majority of it sitting (>70%)
  • Requires handling average-weight objects up to 15-20 pounds, assisting with patients’ standing and/or walking when necessary
  • May work with blood or blood-borne pathogens
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Provides supervision to staff members as assigned
 
Category Public Health Research  
Number Filled 0  
Location The Fenway Institute - Ansin  
Shift -not applicable-  
Req Number PUB-19-00007  

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