Lead Phlebotomist

Jan 24, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Department of Public Health Sciences is the home, in the Biological Sciences Division, for the core quantitative research fields in public health: biostatistics, epidemiology and health services research. Our faculty both lead research projects in these fields and participate in interdisciplinary teams with faculty in other departments to address complex problems in health and healthcare, in our communities and around the globe. The Illinois Precision Medicine Consortium is a collaborative multi-PI, multi-site project serving healthcare provider organization (HPO) Enrollment Centers throughout Illinois as part of the NIH's All of Us Research Program, The Precision Medicine Initiative. The program will set the foundation for new ways of engaging research participants, sharing health data and information, and employing technology advances to mine the information for comprehensive results, specifically developing ways to measure risk for a range of diseases based on environmental exposures, genetic factors and interactions between the two; identifying the causes of individual differences in response to commonly used drugs (commonly referred to as pharmacogenomics); discovering biological markers that signal increased or decreased risk of developing common diseases; using mobile health (mHealth) technologies to correlate activity, physiological measures and environmental exposures with health outcomes; developing new disease classifications and relationships; empowering study participants with data and information to improve their own health; and creating a platform to enable trials of targeted therapies.

Unit Job Summary: Principal contribution is performing duties related to participant care specifically phlebotomy/ performing blood draws and processing of blood and urine samples. Collects biometrics data. Introduces patients at the UCM to the research study, answers questions pertaining to participation and consent, and may also assist in administering tests &/or questionnaires following protocols. Responsible for packaging and shipping biological samples to an outside lab. Completes all activities by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) & all relevant current local, state, & federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy & procedure developed by the UChicago Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), & the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH). Participate in study meetings. Collects biometric data. Administration. Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data; &/or preparing basic charts & graphs. Responsible for other duties such as setting up and cleaning the exam rooms before and after the visits, restocking biosample collection kits, entering data as needed, performing data and equipment quality control checks, etc. The above is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associate with this position; the incumbent may be called on to perform other tasks as well. This at-will position is wholly or partially funded by contractual grant funding which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds and satisfactory job performance.

Unit Education: Phlebotomy certificate, required. Bachelor's degree in Epidemiology, Public Health or closely related field, preferred.

Unit Experience: 1 year relevant research experience in a clinical setting, required. 3 years' relevant research experience in a clinical setting, preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Ability to interact and communicate with clarity, tact, and courtesy with patrons, patients, staff, faculty, students, and others required. Ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy required. Strong organizational skills required. Strong communication skills (verbal and written) required. Excellent interpersonal skills required. Strong data management skills and attention to detail required. Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Adobe Acrobat required. Ability to read and understand complex documents (e.g., clinical trials) required. Ability to handle competing demands with diplomacy and enthusiasm required. Ability to absorb large amounts of information quickly required. Adaptability to changing working situations and work assignments required. Knowledge of patient evaluation and triage procedures and the ability to monitor clinical research patients from many disciplines preferred. Knowledge of medical terminology / environment preferred. Understanding of the IRB submission and review process and when and how to apply for IRB review preferred. Understanding of the federal research regulations and the ability to identify the federal research organizations' role in regulating human research participation preferred.

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