Wanted: Cedar Sinai Research Assistant In Neurological/Orthopaedic Spine Surgery

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Feb 8, 2021
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The Cedar Sinai Spine Center in Los Angeles, California is currently accepting applicants for a research assistant position for those interested in research in Neurosurgery or Orthopedic Surgery.

Through my experience in the program, I was able to publish abstracts/manuscripts/posters relating to robotic spine surgery, human factors research in the OR, effects of depression on patient outcome, and unique case reports.

I also was able to introduce myself to the Cedar-Sinai Neurosurgery Residents and attendings, met with the department head and program director to offer advice and guidance for my upcoming match in neurosurgery and received several influential letters of recommendation.

I highly recommend the program as you will work directly under Dr. Patrick Johnson and Dr. Terrence Kim the directors of the spinal fellowship at Cedar Sinai, get a firm understanding of clinical and research requirements in one of the nation’s leading spinal surgery programs, and gain access to some of the latest technology in spine surgery.


· Those who have failed to match residency in Neurosurgery/Orthopedic surgery looking for a research year.

· Medical Students (preferably finished with a surgical rotation) looking to take a research year.

The formal description is below:

The Spine Institute Foundation


REPORTS TO: Director, Principal Investigators, Senior Research Personnel

TIME COMMITMENT: 30-40 hours per week.

WAGES: Salary ($50,000)

CLASSIFICATION: Contract - 1 Year Term – 1.0 FTE (With option of renewal to 3 years)

POSITION PURPOSE: Coordinates and administers research study associated activities. Assists in project planning, and ensures that pre-established work scope, study protocol, and regulatory requirements are followed. Recruits and coordinates research subjects, as appropriate, and serves as principle administrative liaison for the project. Oversees and coordinates the provision of administrative and staff services to director and investigators; develops and maintains recordkeeping systems such as databases. Assists with grant writing.

SUMMARY OF RESEARCH: Clinical spine research including human factors and spine operative robot, clinical outcomes after spine surgery, and additional outcomes research studies.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Plans and coordinates the initiation of research study protocol, and the establishment of operating policies and procedures. Plans, implements, and maintains data collection and analysis systems in support of research protocol; may coordinate the collection and analysis of research data. Recruits, instructs, and coordinates research subjects and/or volunteers, as appropriate to specific study objectives and work scope. Ensures the smooth and efficient day-to-day operation of research and data collection activities; acts as the primary administrative point of contact for internal research staff and as the principle operational liaison for other research organizations, funding agencies and regulating bodies. Monitors the progress of research activities; develops and maintains records of research activities, and prepares periodic and ad hoc reports, as required by investigators, administrators, funding agencies, and/or regulatory bodies. Plans and coordinates regular advisory board and steering committee meetings. To perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned including supports for other programs related to preoperative opioid program.

TRAINING AND COMPETENCIES EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS: 1. College degree 2. Secondary degree in health-related fields a plus.

SPECIALIZED CERTIFICATES/LICENSES: 1. No prerequisite certificates/licenses required—will be required to complete certification on ethical conduct of research involving human subjects if not already completed.

TRAINING/EXPERIENCE CLINICAL REQUIREMENTS: 1. Minimum of one-year clinical research experience. 2. Familiarity with grant writing and manuscript preparation. 3. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 4. Fluency in English

SPECIFIC TECHNICAL COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS 1. Computer Competency including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. 2. Familiarity with data storage and analysis systems is an asset. 3. Familiarity with compiling and editing video files is an asset.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND/OR ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS 1. Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment. 2. Subject/Patient Care 3. Extensive Computer Use Please submit your resume with a cover letter outlining your interest to: Syed-Abdullah Uddin, BS; [email protected]
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