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The Mount Sinai Health System Part-time Study Coordinator (22.5 hours per week) - Blavatnik Family Women's Research Institute in New York, New York

Strength Through Diversity

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Roles & Responsibilities:

The Blavatnik Family Women's Health Research Institute is seeking a part-time (50% FTE) Study Coordinator for a qualitative study examining maternal obesity, weight stigma, and experiences of obstetric care from diverse patient perspectives. Obesity, one of the most common risk factors in the United States’ obstetric population, increases maternal, fetal, and neonatal health risks that may motivate specialized prenatal management or delivery intervention. In addition to pathophysiologic risks, qualitative evidence suggests that weight bias and stereotyping in health care may contribute to the overuse of obstetric interventions among women with obesity, and that women perceive care based on a BMI value as depersonalized, stigmatizing, and neglectful of their lifestyle and social characteristics, medical history, and values. These conditions challenge the provision of high-quality, person-centered obstetric care for women with obesity, and may be particularly consequential for maternal health equity. Similar themes of the “excessive problematization” of pregnancy arise in the health disparities literature, suggesting that racially based perceptions of risk lead to overly medicalized and stigmatizing care particularly among Black and Latina women, but research has rarely examined the intersectionality of racial and weight biases in obstetric care quality. The proposed project will fill this evidence gap by conducting focus group discussions with women with obesity to understand their experiences of weight stigma in prenatal and delivery care, their satisfaction with care, and compare these experiences by race and ethnicity.  

Roles and Responsibilities:

As Study Coordinator, you will be an integral member of the research team and support the conduct of all aspects of this study. You will work closely with the Principal Investigator and other research team members on protocol development, ethical approval, patient recruitment, data collection, and organizing and maintaining study documents. The Study Coordinator will also participate in analysis of qualitative data from focus group discussions, under the guidance of the Principal Investigator.

The idea candidate would be: 1) highly motivated and responsible; 2) an effective communicator; 3) extremely organized and detail-oriented; 4) someone who combines initiative with responsiveness to supervision; 5) someone comfortable asking questions and eager to learn; and 6) flexible and able to shift gears as new tasks present themselves. Opportunities exist for mentorship and professional development for the Study Coordinator.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Assist in study activities including but not limited to: answering phone calls, contacting potential participants electronically (MyChart), screening participants for eligibility, recruiting and consenting participants

  • Participate in writing and maintaining institutional review board (IRB) materials, research protocols, and other research-related documents

  • Organize focus groups (location, incentives, communication with participants) and participate as note-taker in focus group sessions

  • Coordinate transcription and translation services

  • Research current literature and draft summaries of background information on relevant topics

  • Assist with qualitative analysis of focus group transcripts

  • Participate in manuscript writing and editing

  • Work cooperatively with other clinical and research staff members

  • Other related duties as assigned


  • Master’s degree (completed or in progress) or doctoral degree in progress in public health, social work, psychology, or closely related field. This part-time (50%) position is ideal for a student seeking research experience during graduate training.

  • Previous clinical experience and/or experience recruiting women to research studies and previous experience working on a clinical research study are preferred. Spanish speaker preferred but not required.

  • 0-5 years of experience in the field of clinical or population health sciences research; knowledge of IRB requirements highly preferred

  • Ability to work proactively and independently

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy

  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office

  • Knowledge of or interest in qualitative data analysis software (e.g., NVIVO) preferred but not required

Strength Through Diversity

The Mount Sinai Health System believes that diversity is a driver for excellence. We share a common devotion to delivering exceptional patient care. Yet we’re as diverse as the city we call home- culturally, ethically, in outlook and lifestyle. When you join us, you become a part of Mount Sinai’s unrivaled record of achievement, education and advancement as we revolutionize medicine together.

We work hard to acquire and retain the best people, and to create a welcoming, nurturing work environment where you can develop professionally. We share the belief that all employees, regardless of job title or expertise, can make an impact on quality patient care.

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Who We Are

Over 38,000 employees strong, the mission of the Mount Sinai Health System is to provide compassionate patient care with seamless coordination and to advance medicine through unrivaled education, research, and outreach in the many diverse communities we serve.

Formed in September 2013, The Mount Sinai Health System combines the excellence of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with seven premier hospital campuses, including Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai West (formerly Mount Sinai Roosevelt), Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.

The Mount Sinai Health System is an equal opportunity employer. We promote recognition and respect for individual and cultural differences, and we work to make our employees feel valued and appreciated, whatever their race, gender, background, or sexual orientation.

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