Research & Registry

Registry Informatics Associate

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For the 2019 cycle, we focused on the work of the associate on a CARRA initiative to facilitate and/or enhance registry data collection using technology, particularly EHR and other point-of-care systems.

The overarching goal of this new CARRA initiative is the planning and implementation of both short- and long-term strategies to streamline and reduce the burden of registry data entry and collection while maintaining all regulatory requirements necessary for post-marketing surveillance and other phases of FDA-regulated clinical trials.

CARRA will fund one associate position for up to two years. The internship starts on July 1, 2019. Applicants must be Board Eligible or Board Certified in Pediatric Rheumatology in North America as of this date. Eligible applicants must be CARRA members. Junior faculty and early investigators are encouraged to apply.

Position Overview

The goal of the Registry Informatics Associate position is to develop informatics leadership for CARRA through professional development of Clinical Informatics investigators. This includes advancing real world, registry informatics projects that will benefit CARRA Registry objectives and operations.

CARRA recognizes that the sustainability and longevity of the CARRA Registry is dependent upon improving the efficiency of and streamlining the workflow for registry data collection.  Leveraging current and future innovations – particularly via EHR-based technologies – is likely to be critical to achieving these goals. Current opportunities exist for the introduction of new, standardized approaches for data collection via the EHR (e.g. advancements in form-based EHR data entry) as well as new mechanisms for data extraction and linkage (e.g. via EHR export, patient-based sharing of medical records, integration with claims data, etc).

Therefore, for this Registry Informatics Associate cycle, we encourage applications from eligible individuals with relevant experience who wish to become leaders and implementers for these informatics efforts. Successful applicants will propose a project of interest to the Registry leadership team; however, the final project will be finalized in collaboration with internship mentors and CARRA Registry operational teams. Examples include projects that develop EHR ‘Smart Forms’, efforts that incorporate patient-reported outcomes (PROs) standards for formats and transfer using electronic PROs, standards and approaches to link data from EHR, registry, and other data sources, etc.  This opportunity may be of particular interest to individuals with expertise as EHR ‘Physician Builders’ and ‘Report Builders’, data privacy and information security interests such as eConsent, and mobile app-based approaches to data collection. In addition, opportunities for relevant professional development opportunities, including formal training and associated limited meeting and travel costs, may be made available on an individualized basis.

Requirements and Responsibilities

The Registry Informatics Associate, during the course of the position, will:

  • Plan and design a major and minor project, in collaboration with CARRA mentors, in clinical informatics, and present the plans and results of their project to the Registry leadership.
  • Be mentored by the CARRA Registry Leadership including but not limited to Tim Beukelman (CARRA Registry Scientific Director), Yuki Kimura (CARRA Registry co-PI), Marc Natter (Director of Research Informatics) and Laura Schanberg (CARRA Registry co-PI).  The CARRA Registry leadership team may identify other mentors as appropriate based on the specific project.
  • Work directly with various CARRA Registry operation teams to gain a detailed understanding of Registry informatics operations, overall registry operations, and project-specific requirements and operations.
  • Actively participate in bimonthly Registry Operations team calls (2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 11:00 am ET), Registry Associate conference calls (twice per month), and occasional colloquia or program workshops.
  • Attend the CARRA Annual Meeting and annual Operations Team Retreat, as well as any additional meetings regarding the CARRA Registry.
  • Be responsible for preparing manuscripts, abstracts, and delivering presentations in support of the CARRA Registry as directed by the Registry team and based on the intern’s own interests.
  • Acknowledge their position in any publications that result from work related to the registry done during their tenure.

Applicants must submit a competitive letter of intent (LOI) and NIH biosketch. (The submission deadline has passed.)
The LOI is limited to two pages
and should state the applicant’s interest and desired areas of project focus, any existing or planned experience and/or expertise, current professional status (trainee vs attending physician, early investigator, etc.), how this position fits into future career plans, and how the expected benefit from the position.

As part of the online application, invited applicants will be required to submit the following: (The application deadline has passed.)

  1. Proposed plan (2 pages maximum): Briefly describe your interest and qualifications for the Informatics position, as well as propose one or more technology-based projects that that you believe will improve CARRA Registry data collection workflow. The proposed project should leverage CARRA Registry resources and should ultimately be scalable across a significant number of CARRA Registry sites. You are encouraged to contact the Registry Associate applications committee by emailing [email protected] to address questions you may have in preparing your plan. Please provide a brief project timeline describing anticipated progress during the 2-year position period. Please include a description of your qualifications for developing and implementing the plan and any anticipated resource needs.
  2. Institutional Letter of Support: Letter signed by division chief or chair describing your work commitments starting July 2019 and stating that they will guarantee the needed protected effort (25%) for internship activities.
  3. Letter of Recommendation: Signed letter of recommendation in support of your candidacy for the internship, from a CARRA member other than the division chief or chair supporting this application.

An invitation by CARRA to submit a full application does not constitute an endorsement for the CARRA Registry Informatics Associate. CARRA reserves the right to offer no positions based on its review of applications received. Successful applicants are expected to commit to a two-year long position; however, the second year is not guaranteed and will be renewable based upon the demonstrated quality of the applicant’s efforts during the first year. The position may be terminated for poor performance deemed non-remediable by CARRA Registry Leadership.

Please note that the CARRA Informatics Associate is separate from the CARRA Registry Associate and has a different focus. Individuals who have been awarded a CARRA Registry Associate to start in 2019 are not eligible to apply for this opportunity.

Eligibility

Applicants must be current CARRA members who are Board Eligible or Board Certified in Pediatric Rheumatology in North America. Eligible applicants must be faculty with an academic rank no greater than Associate Professor or equivalent at their institution. Graduating fellows with secured faculty positions are also eligible to apply.

Effort

Applicants must commit to the following minimum effort during the course of the position:

  1. 25% full-time effort. Institutional certification of protected time is required.
  2. Attendance at CARRA Annual Scientific Meetings, in addition to other periodic CARRA meetings, conferences with mentors, and didactic activities (seminars and classes). Travel expenses will be covered or substantially offset.

Compensation

  1. 25% salary (salary cap of $200,000), including fringe. Up to 8% indirect costs is allowed on salary support. Discretionary support to cover tuition for relevant classes and seminars may be provided pending pre-approval by CARRA Registry and Research Oversight Committee (RROC) and the associate mentoring team. 
  2. Travel and lodging expenses for pre-approved meetings and conferences relevant to the position will be covered or offset to the extent not covered by other available funding sources.

Selection and Notification

Following CARRA RROC review of the full applications, qualified applicants will be invited for interviews. Notification of applicants and official announcement of awardees is anticipated in early June 2019.

Additional Information

For any questions or additional information, please contact [email protected].


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL INFORMATION

The fellowship will be customized to the research needs of the applicant, but broadly will involve a 2 year commitment (evaluated/renewable after 1 year) involving a combination of some didactic coursework and an independent, mentored project that will represent the majority of the effort during the period.

What are the specific goals of the informatics position?
The specific goals of the position are to provide the individual receiving the position with the opportunity to become, in the future, an independently funded researcher in clinical or bioinformatics that would contribute to the pediatric rheumatology community. During the position, a project of value to CARRA and the CARRA Registry would be another goal.

Will there be a mentorship component?
Mentorship will depend upon whether the applicant is a fellow or junior faculty. At least 2 mentors will be identified and this will occur at regular, fairly frequent intervals depending upon the role of the mentor.

What will the coursework consist of?
The coursework will consist of a base of broad informatics knowledge involving understanding the basics of both clinical informatics, including population-based medicine and chronic-diseases based research, and introductory topics in genomics/proteomics/array techniques as well. More detailed studies will be tailored to the research interests and project of the position and involve targeted coursework, either remote or local, to provide additional necessary knowledge.

What addition experience or training will the position offer?
The fellowship training and project will be customized to the research needs of the applicant, but broadly will involve a 2 year commitment (evaluated/renewable after 1 year) involving a combination of some didactic coursework and an independent, mentored project that will represent the majority of the effort during the period. In addition, the project chosen will need to be of recognized value to CARRA and the CARRA Registry.

Is previous CARRA Registry Database or genomics/proteomics are pre-requisite?
The applicant is not expected to have such knowledge previously, but a demonstrated ability in quantitative analysis or related areas will make the applicant more competitive for the position. If a genomics/proteomics or other non-clinical informatics area is chosen, the project must be related to existing or readily obtainable adjunctive biospecimens and/or datasets relevant to CARRA and the CARRA Registry, and the research itself must be feasible within the confines of the position budget or via outside, guaranteed funding.

How does the Registry Informatics Associate differ from the Registry Associate?
The Registry Informatics Associate focuses on providing dedicated effort for researchers interested in contributing to the development of new capabilities and analyses of the CARRA Registry and to foster the involvement of new investigators in the Registry itself. It is not intended to further the training of applicants in informatics per se in pediatric rheumatology and does not include a component of formal training or mentorship in informatics, and is also not specifically intended to establish a cadre of informatics-focused independent researchers in pediatric rheumatology.