Dartmouth Medical School

Research Assistant A

Dartmouth College Salary Administration
of Human Resources September, 2000

Position Description

Title: Research Assistant A Benefits: AP Exempt
Department: Community and Family Medicine Position: 657000
Reports to: Thomas A. Bubolz

Minimum Qualifications Master's degree in Epidemiology and courses in statistics and for Employment: computing science with at least four years of relevant experience; or the equivalent.

Other Requirements: Expertise in the analysis of epidemiological data. Ability to work with little supervision. Self-starter. Good organization and time management skills. Good communication skills and ability to interact well with others. Willingness to work irregular hours as the workload requires. Willingness to perform limited travel. The candidate must be interested in learning about Medicare data and how it is and might be used for research. Close contact with staff at the ResDAC Help-desk is essential to finding out what is important in the community of data users

Definition: Under general supervision, develops and maintains Medicare claims training databases. Performs various analyses in support of instruction in the use of claims data for research projects in medical care epidemiology. Typical Examples of Work Performed:

1. Is responsible for assisting in developing training databases. Create SAS databases from raw data files; acquire documentation; generate descriptive statistics; develop and implement encryption algorithms; ensure that data are adequate and appropriate for specified teaching points; create fully-documented analysis files for submission to HCFA and for use in workshops and possible distribution on ResDAC web site.

2. Assist in developing and disseminating instructional material from the SAS master databases. This would require developing limited examples of research that could be performed with the data; exercises that would reinforce student skills; and a variety of computing approaches and distribution methods. The latter would include PowerPoint presentation, Excel spreadsheets, Stata databases, and the use of CD-ROM and web technology to disseminate the data.

3. Applies an understanding of the structure and content of the database to advise senior scientists, epidemiologists, and clinicians in mining the data base; collaborates in the formulation of data requirements; applies standard methodology to extract and produce reports of required data. Analyzes complex epidemiologic data and interprets the results of epidemiologic investigations.

4. May assist in presenting workshops or seminars at universities and national professional meetings.

5. Performs other duties as assigned.