Medical Assistant – South Austin office

Our office in South Austin is seeking an experienced and dedicated Medical Assistant to join our team.

Duties include obtaining vital signs, collecting patient history, entering data into e-MDs, assisting with thyroid FNA’s, administering injections, and cleaning/stocking rooms and patient work up areas. May need to work at our other office locations as needed.

Requirements:
• Excellent customer service and communication skills with patients and providers
• Team player with top notch time-management skills
• Comfortable with e-MDs or similar EMR, detail-oriented, and able to handle sensitive information

Preferred:
• At least 2 years of experience in a Medical Assistant role; prior experience with Endocrinology or Diabetes is a strong plus

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Position is full-time (40 hours per week). Salary: dependent on experience

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator/Recruitment Specialist – South Austin office

Our Clinical Research Department specializes in Phase II-IV clinical, observational, and device trials. We are currently seeking an individual with strong recruitment skills to fill our full-time Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator/Recruitment Specialist role at our South Austin office.
Some Key duties include:
• Participant recruitment – develop and implement recruitment plans, conduct thorough phone screens and in-person interviews discussing medical history to determine patient eligibility, set up advertisements for upcoming trials, welcome patients for research appointments, and complete daily reminder calls
• Assist senior Clinical Research staff with study case reports
• Assist with patient care visits (blood draws, vital signs, performing ECG’s, processing specimens)
• Other related duties as assigned
Requirements:
• Recruitment experience and be confident in communicating with potential participants, medical staff, and discussing sensitive medical topics
• Be able to assist with patient care visits/patient work-up
• Be outgoing, enthusiastic, and proactive in seeking out potential participants
• Skilled in effectively meeting deadlines, multi-tasking, and working well with team members
• Be organized and detail-oriented
• Must be able to handle confidential information and meet objectives in compliance with all legal, regulatory, and protocol guidelines
• Microsoft Office proficient – Outlook, Word, Excel
Preferred:
• At least one year of experience in a similar role
• Prior experience in the Medical field
• Working knowledge of research methodology/medical terminology
• e-MD’s experience

Position is full-time (40 hours per week). Salary: dependent on experience

Research Nurse – Central Austin and Round Rock offices

Our Clinical Research Department specializes in Phase II-IV clinical, observational, and device trials.

We are currently seeking LVNs and/or RNs to fill Clinical Research Coordinator roles at our Central Austin office.  Working under the supervision of the Principal Investigator(s), Site Director/Operations Director and Study Coordinator(s), this position will coordinate the conduct of clinical research trials from study start-up through close-out procedures.

Key duties include:

  • Responsible for the integrity and overall quality of assigned clinical research trials
  • Serves as the primary contact for study subjects and sponsors, communicating daily as needed
  • Reviews study protocols and brochures; creates study document binder (sponsor, site, CRO, IRB/IEC correspondence), and prepares source documents including study and subject information folders
  • Completes study start-up through close-out procedures:
    • recruitment and patient enrollment
    • informed consent process
    • pre-screening, screening, and study visits in conjunction with Physician/Investigator
    • documentation of patient progress in response to investigative agents
    • coordination of monitor visits source documents and case report forms
    • as needed, oversee preparation of physician orders to ensure protocol compliance
    • maintain communication with physician regarding study requirements, dose modifications, and adverse events
  • Other related duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • At least 2 years of progressive experience in the medical field
  • Excellent multi-tasking and organizational skills. Able to excel in a fast-paced environment.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Must be self-sufficient, detail-oriented, and able to identify problems and solve them.
  • Must be able to handle confident information and meet objectives in compliance with all legal, regulatory, and protocol guidelines

Preferred:

  • Prior experience in the pharmaceutical industry or in a clinical research setting; Working knowledge of research methodology/medical terminology.
  • Experience with e-MDs, InForm System, Medidata Rave, or similar

Position is full-time (40 hours per week). Salary: dependent on experience

Are medical visits required during the weight program?

If a person has diabetes and is on medications, or has high blood pressure on medications, then these medications may need to be reduced as a person loses weight.  We advise a visit with one of our health care providers for people with diabetes and/or high blood pressure prior to starting the program for medication adjustments and then 2-3 visits after starting for monitoring and further adjustments.

How do I know what my co-pay is?

If your copay is not listed on your insurance card, please contact the 1-800 number on the back of your card to check your benefits.

Do I need a referral to visit TD&E?

Some insurance plans do require a referral in order to have your visit covered. Please contact your insurance carrier to confirm if your plan requires you to obtain a referral to see a specialist. To learn more about our referral process, select the following link: Referrals

What is Osteoporosis?

The weakening of the bones caused by a reduction in the calcium normally stored there.

What are the causes of Osteoporosis?

Patients are at risk for osteoporosis if they are:

  • Post-menopausal
  • Female
  • Low body weight
  • Have taken steroids
  • Have digestive problems
  • Had kidney stones
  • Have a family history of bone loss or fractures
  • Above the age of 70

What are the symptoms of Osteoporosis?

Typically, there are no symptoms.  Osteoporosis is detected by a special x-ray called a DEXA.  It is ordered by your doctor and can be used to track the degree of improvement with treatment.  Unfortunately, some people are only diagnosed after a spine or hip fracture.  This condition is painless.

What is Cardiovascular disease?

A term that describes a number of conditions that impact the heart; however the most common type is coronary artery disease (CAD). This is also the leading cause of death in the United States among men and women.

What are Causes of Cardiovascular disease?

CAD occurs when plaque forms in the arteries that supply the heart with blood. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances in the bloodstream. The buildup can restrict bloodflow to the heart. Sometimes a plaque can rupture or burst which can cause a blood clot that completely blocks the artery—this can cause a heart attack or a stroke. If the arteries are damaged by smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol this process occurs more readily.

What are Symptoms of heart disease?

Symptoms can be typical such as chest pain or shortness of breath, but sometimes a person will not have symptoms until major damage has occurred. Prevention is key!

What are Heart Disease Treatments?

Treatments include controlling all modifiable risk factors such as treating high cholesterol/lipids, taking care of Diabetes, treating high blood pressure, and not smoking. This can include lifestyle therapies such as exercise and healthy diet as well as medications.

What is Atherosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis is a disease of the arteries caused by buildup and deposits of fatty materials into the artery wall.

What is LDL cholesterol?

This is commonly called the “bad” cholesterol because the cholesterol carried around inside the LDL particles can get deposited into the artery walls.

What is HDL cholesterol?

This is commonly called the “good” cholesterol because the cholesterol carried around inside the HDL particles may have been removed from the artery walls.

What is Traditional lipid testing?

This is a basic group of tests measuring the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood; it is a good starting point but does not always give enough information.

What is Advanced lipid testing?

This is a more advanced type of testing that measures the actual lipoproteins in the blood and looks at some of the genetic risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease. Lipoprotein levels have been shown to be better predictors of risk than traditional cholesterol levels alone, especially in patients with diabetes or metabolic syndrome.

Type 1 Diabetes

5% of people with Diabetes have Type 1 Diabetes.  This type of Diabetes is usually diagnosed in childhood, yet many times it is diagnosed in adults, even in adults over the age of 50.  People with Type 1 Diabetes take insulin for treatment since their beta cells (the cells that make insulin) no longer produce insulin due to auto-immune destruction.  People with Type 1 Diabetes take insulin by injection or via an insulin pump.  People with Type 1 Diabetes can lead a full, healthy life with proper management.  Successful treatment of Type 1 Diabetes has been shown to prevent or delay complications tied to Diabetes.