The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center (NCCC) is one of the largest units on the USC campus with nearly 280 faculty members and over $80M in research funding.Â According to U.S. News & World Reportâs 2018-2019 Best Hospitals rankings, NCCC and Keck Medicine of USC is the highest-ranked cancer provider in Southern California and #17 nationally.
The successful candidate for this Research Coordinator II position will be a dynamic, motivated, highly organized individual who is experienced with clinical translational research and phlebotomy and able to effectively communicate to the program's many investigators and trainees.Â This role will be critically important in bringing together all breast cancer researchers, research coordinators, advocates, and trainees to effectively advance the goals of our program and the accrual to each of our specific research studies on the topic of liquid biopsies (studying cancer cells in the blood stream).Â Core responsibilities include working to help recruit breast cancer patients treated at two adjacent hospitals to cancer research studies involving a blood draw, maintaining records so that all projects are compliant with institutional policies, and communicating with physicians and scientists to coordinate projects.Â This research coordinator will report to the Director of the Breast Cancer Research Program.
The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with patients, physicians, researchers and a large multi-institutional network of collaborators.Â The candidate should be comfortable interviewing patients and compassionate of the medical problems that the patients are encountering.Â This person will participate in consenting research subjects to observational trials (biomarker studies with no intervention) and will work with the Norris Cancer Center Clinical Investigations Support Office (CISO) to ensure that all proper training is received, and all institutional regulatory protocols are followed, including entering informed consent and patient information into the Cancer Centerâs online system.Â It is expected that the candidate will have a clear understanding of the inclusion/exclusion criteria for the studies for which he/she is obtaining informed consent.Â This individual is responsible for coordinating timely receipt of specimens by lab members or the Translational Pathology Research Core to ensure success of the study objectives.Â Individuals from those labs will assist in this endeavor, but the research coordinator must manage the coordination of these specimens as they pertain to the breast cancer clinical research program.
This candidate will work on the IRB continuing reviews for all liquid biopsy studies of the Breast Cancer Research Program that are not managed by CISO.Â This individual will represent the Breast Cancer Research Program in interactions with the Translational Pathology Core and CISO.Â He/she must be able to manage tissue/blood collection as per the approved IRB protocols of the Breast Cancer Research Program and must maintain an inventory of specimens and a bar-coding procedure plan for all specimens.Â All specimens received must be correctly logged using CISO numbers.
This person will regularly attend the weekly Monday 7-9 am Los Angeles County Multidisciplinary Breast Conference to screen the presented subjects for potential accrual to the various open studies within our program.Â A weekly email of potential subjects who may be eligible for studies should be sent to the appropriate study coordinator for each open study or clinical trial.Â This individual will spend most of the day in the medical oncology and breast surgical oncology clinic recruiting patients and performing blood draws as necessary for the research studies.Â The individual should have a California phlebotomy license and be eligible for approval of their credentials by LAC+USC and Keck Hospital of USC.
This person will need to understand how patients at Keck and LAC+USC flow through the system and collaborate with faculty/staff in clinic in order to approach most of the eligible patients for biospecimen and blood based studies.Â Patient confidentially must be strictly protected at all times.Â
This person will collect clinical trial enrollment data from Cafe and present a coherent summary of accrual as well as highlighting any problems that occurred with any aspect of our ongoing clinical trials.Â This individual will help seek out new research opportunities and collaborations for our program.Â This person is responsible for emailing the voting members of the committee for consideration of new protocols as per the requirements for the Clinical Investigations Committee.Â This person will keep a list of all IRB approved studies within our program and continually make program members aware of the eligibility criteria for these studies by distributing an up to date list monthly. Â
In regard to Norris patient accrual, this person will work closely with the research coordinators at Norris to facilitate timely enrollment of subjects.Â The research coordinator, a CISO research coordinator, and the leader of the breast cancer research program shall meet weekly to discuss subject eligibility.Â It is expected that nearly all breast cancer patients treated at the Norris Cancer Center and LAC+USC will be screened for potential study eligibility for liquid biopsy via collaboration between faculty, CISO coordinators, and the breast cancer research program research coordinator.Â When possible, the staff member will also offer patients the opportunity to consent to IRB approved tumor banking protocols and coordinate these efforts with the PI of the studies and the Translational Pathology Shared Service.
California phlebotomy license requiredMinimum Education: Bachelor's degreeMinimum Experience: 2 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise: Certified research coordinator. Administrative or research experience. Knowledge of medical environment and terminology. Knowledge and understanding of federal, state, and institutional research regulations as well as Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and HIPPA regulations. Proficient with MS Office applications. Demonstrated effective communication and writing skills. Ability to multi-task. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team as well as independently.
Internal Number: REQ20085887
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