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Research Associate, Continuing Medical Education, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 18638

Updated: July 9, 2019

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Office Of Continuing Medical Education in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Research Associate. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 9 months (based on length of grant funding), with the strong possibility of extension.

The Physician Learning Program (PLP) is a collaborative program between the University of Calgary, University of Alberta, and Alberta Medical Association (AMA). A project-based program, PLP assists Alberta physicians to (1) obtain and reflect upon individualized data with feedback reports in order to improve clinical care, and (2) identify and access learning activities and resources to support education in areas identified by the data with feedback reports.

The Department of Cardiac Sciences is interested in working with the PLP on a project to improve the appropriateness of ECG utilization in Alberta entitled My Practice: Cardiac Investigations.  The overarching goal is to provide higher quality care, improve health system efficiency and lower costs by reducing inappropriate cardiovascular investigations through a program of work comprised of individual strategies such as decision tools, possible patient engagement and audit and feedback processes.

This position reports to the Managing Director of the Calgary Physician Learning Program, with accountabilities to both PLP and the Department of Cardiac Sciences.  

The candidate in this position will take a central role in supporting projects to improve the appropriateness of health care technology utilization in the system by organizing improvement activities in selected clinics, doing research, preparing reports, managing and analyzing data, and preparing presentations. As part of a team they will be assigned various quality improvement projects to work on.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Conduct background research such as searches, critical appraisal and summary of literature
  • Assist in the preparation of initial drafts and/or sections of documentation for ethics and manuscripts
  • Determine optimal methods to address questions posed by project team
  • Create evaluation surveys and other instruments (e.g., questionnaires, focus group or interview protocols) in conjunction with research team
  • Recommend changes to improve methods, procedures and practices
  • Attend and contribute to meetings with key stakeholders as required
  • Maintain professionalism in all interactions, being aware of the complex nature of the PLP program's multi-stakeholder environment
  • Support best practices in maintaining confidential and sensitive information and records
  • Ensure studies and work comply with CHREB, FOIPP, University Archives and other regulatory bodies
  • Initiate and undertake special projects as required for Director, Medical Director, or Associate Dean CME & PD
  • Serve as a project ambassador for all stakeholders in concert with the Project Manager
  • Work with the PLP Project Manager and Physician Leaders to coordinate site engagement in the project and inform participants and stakeholders about the project
  • Organize audit and feedback educational sessions and related logistics for project success
  • Work with the PLP Project Manager on data collection, analysis, and presentation
  • Advance and promote the project among all stakeholders including staff and patients in participating clinics
  • Conduct background research such as searches, critical appraisal and summary of literature
  • Assist in the preparation of initial drafts and/or sections of documentation for ethics submissions and other project related steps
  • Manage and summarize evaluation responses
  • Advise on interpretation of findings for collaboration on publications and presentations
  • Participate as a team member of study for ethics, data collection, cleaning and analyses
  • Design, operate and maintain databases and documentation
  • Develop materials for presentation to local, national and international conferences and seminars

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in health science related field, Master Degree Preferred
  • Awareness of strategies and methods in Implementation Science and implementation strategies, including their development, outcomes, economics, process by which effects are achieved
  • Good understanding of AHS structure, Strategic Clinical Networks and other mechanisms for quality improvement
  • Minimum 3 years of technical experience in related discipline
  • Experience conducting systematic reviews and synthesizing relevant literature
  • Demonstrated skill in quantitative data analysis (i.e.  Excel, SPSS, SAS, Access)
  • Demonstrated data visualization skill in interpretation and presentation of data and reports (i.e. Excel, PowerPoint, Tableau)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Positive attitude and ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Equivalencies of education and experience may be considered

Application Deadline:  July 23, 2019

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

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