Full-time, Paid, Research Assistant, Orthopedic Surgery

February 17, 2023

Mon., Feb. 6

Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital

Position Description
The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital is seeking a research assistant to support the Quality and Patient Safety program. This position offers the opportunity to gain exposure to the clinical, research, and administrative aspects of healthcare.

The successful applicant will be instrumental in assisting with initiatives to measure quality and safety in orthopedic care, and will report directly to Dr. Jon JP Warner, Quality and Patient Safety Chair, and Dr. Laura Rossi, Quality and Patient Safety Program Manager.

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing support for quality measurement involving selected patient chart audits and/or data collection for ongoing department-wide initiatives
  • Creating and maintaining datasets for ongoing research and improvement initiatives
  • Identifying and confirming appropriate procedures to validate data and ensure data quality and integrity
  • Performing statistical analysis of data consistent with established methods for analyzing health care quality and patient safety data
  • Communicating with clinical staff to understand available quality and patient safety data in relation to orthopedic surgery and opportunities for improvement
  • Providing support in designing specific quality improvement projects and data analysis plans
  • Providing support in implementing and facilitating department-wide quality improvement projects
  • Interacting with division Quality and Patient Safety Chairs for all ten orthopedic surgery specialties
  • Assisting in grant, abstract, and manuscript preparation
  • Participating in team meetings pertaining to quality and patient safety
  • Assisting with meeting schedules, meeting minutes, and agendas as appropriate
  • Reviewing and following up on safety reports including clinical shadowing to develop process maps and conduct root cause analyses
  • Interacting with the IRB on behalf of the quality and safety team as needed

Time Commitment

Full-time, with a minimum commitment of one year (and an option to commit to two years)


To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript, and one sealed letter of recommendation to Mary Faith Smith and Laura Rossi, PhD, RN.

Questions about the position should be directed via email to the current Quality and Patient Safety Data Coordinator, Mary Faith Smith.