Clinical Research Associate

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Springfield, Illinois


  1. Assists in data collection for all components of cardiovascular and pulmonary services.
  2. Assists with data entry in national data registry for vascular and cardiac patients.
  3. Coordinates data management activities for cardiovascular outcome projects.
  4. Assists with regulatory documents for cardiovascular research projects.

Required Skills

  1. Reviews and develops a familiarity with the protocols, e.g., study proceedings and timelines, inclusion and exclusion criteria, confidentiality, privacy protections.
  1. Serve as liaison between the cardiovascular office and physicians, hospital departments, pharmaceutical companies, research bases, and institutional review board and affiliates.
  1. Serve as a professional resource and/or instructor regarding clinical trials, protocol procedures, and protocol compliance for investigators, nurses, pharmacists, pathologists, radiologists, and other health care personnel both inside and outside of Memorial.
  1. Assists in communication of study requirements to all individuals involved in the study. Provides appropriate training and tools for study team members.
  1. Conducts or participates in the informed consent process including interactions with the IRB and discussions with research participants, including answering any questions related to the study. Obtains appropriate signatures and dates on forms in appropriate places.  Assures that amended consent forms are appropriately implemented and signed.
  1. Work with physicians to find new patients for trials, screen for eligibility and consent/enroll.
  1. Abstract and submit patient information at required intervals for both current patients as well as those in the follow-up phase.
  1. Responsible for data management activities that relate to any cardiovascular data coordinated through the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Department.
  1. Responsible for data extraction and data entry into national registry for cardiovascular patients.
  1. Continues self-development of clinical research and outcome skills.
  1. Follows the standards set forth by the Joint Commission certification for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary programs ensuring data satisfies regulatory requirements.
  1. Assists in the collection and organization of data management activities relating to cardiovascular research and outcomes.
  1. Complete medical chart audits for quality indicators as indicated by the Department designation.
  1. Abstracts data using proper methodology as identified by the national database definitions.
  1. Ensures that all data collected is entered into the database in an accurate, consistent and timely manner.
  1. Identifies cases to be reviewed and works with the Health Information Management Department to access appropriate charts for review.
  1. Performs data entry quality control.
  1. Collects and organizes additional data as requested.
  1. Designs reports and report formats based on requested data, insuring that finalized format is accurate and complete.
  1. Implements a scientific approach to problem identification, data collection and data analysis that promotes clinically sound decisions.
  1. Behaves in accordance with defined customer service expectations, hospital goals, MMC Statement of Values and Behavioral Standards.
  1. Performs other related work as required or requested.


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job.  Incumbents may be requested to perform tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.





Required Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, nursing, or related field required. Master’s degree which included research skills practicum and or project(s) preferred.


  • Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) through the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) certification preferred.
  • Must possess a valid Illinois driver’s license and must be deemed as an acceptable driver in accordance with the MHS Fleet Safety Policy (five year MVR will be required). Must have availability of personal vehicle with proof of insurance.


  • Ability to multitask and work in fast paced environment.

Other Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, self-initiative and self-responsibility.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including experience with format writing assignments and public speaking.
  • Ability to travel to local outreach and research meetings within the U.S. as needed.

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