Clinical Research Coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)

  • Shift Full-Time
  • Job Qualifications Bachelor

Job Description

Clinical Research Coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)

General Summary/ Overview Statement

The incumbent will be the Clinical Research Coordinator for the Shoulder division in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The MGH Orthopaedic Shoulder division is a member of the Boston Shoulder Institute. The mission of the Boston Shoulder Institute is to provide regional, national, and international leadership in the advancement of care for problems affecting the shoulder. This mission is based on advancement of knowledge through research, improvement of care through education of physicians, and clinical management of all problems affecting the shoulder.

The Boston Shoulder Institute was formally organized in the spring of 1998. It is based at the Massachusetts General Hospital. The goal of the Boston Shoulder Institute is to be the preeminent shoulder center in the world.

This full-time position is best suited for recent college graduates interested in pursuing a career in medicine. The applicant should have a strong academic record; must be creative, self-driven, and reliable; and must be motivated to learn. A background in statistics is useful but not necessary. The position offers the opportunity for education and hands-on learning in the medical field.

Working independently and under general supervision from the Principal Investigators, the Clinical Research Coordinator will provide support to clinical research studies. The incumbent may be responsible for the following activities: gathering data from the clinical record; recruiting and enrolling subjects into clinical protocols; developing and implementing patient recruitment strategies; recommending changes to protocols; developing protocols and other study documents; database management; data analysis. A typical week may consist of 1-2 days in the operating room (OR), 1-2 days in clinic, and 1-2 days in the office.

Principal Duties And Responsibilities

  • Supporting physicians with ongoing studies, projects, videos, papers, and presentations.

  • Managing a large surgical database, including entering patient and surgical data.

  • Coordinates the implementation – both internally and externally – of sponsored clinical research studies.

  • Drafts Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocols for research studies.

  • Initiates and maintains contact with study participants. Responsible for screening participants, ensuring participants meet appropriate criteria, and making independent judgments as to the suitability of their participation.

  • Reviews and collects appropriate data from the patient clinical record. Gathering patient images, X-rays, as well as operative and clinical notes.

  • Administers and evaluates responses to study questionnaires.

  • Editing and formatting research papers.

  • Maintains regulatory documentation.

  • Managing and updating the Boston Shoulder Institute website.

  • All other duties as assigned.

Skills/Abilities/Competencies Required

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills are required for working with the study participants.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Analytical skills and the ability to resolve technical or research problems and issues and to interpret the acceptability of data results.

  • Knowledge of clinical research protocols.

  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize a variety of tasks.

  • Impeccable attention to detail.

  • Ability to demonstrate professionalism and respect for participants’ rights and individual needs.


  • BA/BS required. Coursework in biology or other pre-medical or related fields is not required but may be helpful.


  • Previous research experience including interface with research subjects, collection of clinical data, and/or familiarity with IRB requirements and regulatory documentation of research is preferred, but not required.

Primary Location

MA-Boston-MGH Main Campus

Work Locations

MGH Main Campus




Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)



Standard Hours



Day Job

Employee Status


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