Provide scientific methodological support for evidence-based clinical practice guideline and consensus statement development. Follow CHEST methodology for conducting systematic reviews according to the IOM (National Academies) standards and developing clinical practice guidelines based on the GRADE (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation) process. This includes, but is not limited to, development of clinical questions, literature searches, evidence extraction, assessment of study quality, meta-analysis, and development of evidence statements. Coordinate and manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously including writing reports, managing guideline development efforts, coordinating and leading expert panel activities, maintaining literature databases and EndNote libraries.
Conduct comprehensive and systematic literature reviews, and Provide ongoing consultation to the expert panels, on assigned topics of CHEST interest as defined by the Guidelines Oversight Committee (GOC), to support development of evidence-based guidelines, consensus statements, and other scientific resources, which will include but not be limited to the following:
Develop clinical questions utilizing the PICO model
Formulate search strategies, determine inclusion/exclusion criteria, and conduct systematic and comprehensive literature searches
Screen search results to identify relevant studies
Acquire articles, maintain article files and EndNote libraries
Review articles and extract relevant data into evidence tables (summary of findings, descriptive, and methodological assessment tables) and evidence profiles
Assess study quality
Write systematic reviews
Facilitate interpretation of evidence tables and profiles
Conduct literature searches that enable GOC to assess currency and determine the need for or justification to conduct a new or targeted update of existing guidelines or consensus statements.
Assist in the refinement of guideline methodologies to improve guideline production.
Develop research reports and papers on topics of interest to CHEST.
Monitor and evaluate new literature in those topic areas assigned and prepare regular reports to GOC.
Draft requests for proposals, funding applications, manuscripts, and other papers as requested.
Work with guideline project manager to manage guideline and/or consensus statements projects during planning, development, publication, distribution, and implementation. This includes coordinating panel and project development; establishing timelines and budgets for each project; and conforming to GOC policies and procedures.
Assist with the development of implementation and evaluation tools to be used with CHEST guidelines, guideline derivative products, consensus statements, and evidence-based programs.
With appropriate staff support (eg, guideline project manager), assist with planning and coordinating conferences calls and meetings of the assigned guideline or consensus statement panels, prepare minutes, collect materials, maintain databases, review manuscripts, and submit documents for review and publication.
Work with the GOC Committee and staff on matters that arise before the Committee or subcommittees and action items that are identified as the result of such interactions, as assigned.
Maintain regular communication with department staff, members of the GOC team, expert panel members, and assigned guideline/consensus statement panels.
Maintain and update (as indicated) the guidelines content on the CHEST Web site, in coordination with other CHEST staff.
Identify potential grant opportunities. Assist in writing grants for projects identified by Supervisor.
Assist with other projects and tasks of the department, as necessary, including obtaining articles and documents requested by CHEST staff.
Required Qualifications and Competencies:
Advanced post-graduate degree (ie MPH, PhD, MD) in one or more of the following: health services research, epidemiology, public health, health sciences, or clinical areas such as medicine or nursing
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in one or more of the following: biostatistics, research methods, evidence-based medicine, literature review, systematic reviews, guidelines and critical appraisal, or scientific protocol development and study design
Experience conducting searches with PubMed and other online research databases along with ability to approach technical and scientific materials from an analytic perspective. Minimum of 2 years’ experience in reviewing, analyzing, and synthesizing clinical, scientific, and health research literature
Project and people management skills including demonstrated ability to coordinate and complete multiple large projects simultaneously with minimal supervision and still meet strict deadlines for projects at various stages over several years
Demonstrated ability to consistently complete projects in accordance with timelines, objectives, budgets, and CHEST policies and procedures.
Demonstrated skills to apply effective oral, electronic, and written communication methods with colleagues and volunteers
Well-developed organization, prioritization, and planning skills
Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and with teams
Flexibility and adaptability
Strong presentation and impromptu public speaking skills
Proficiency in Internet research and either Mac- or PC-based applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and comparable programs
Willingness to learn new software programs
Periodic travel required to represent CHEST at professional society and business meetings
Preferred Qualifications and Competencies:
Minimum of 2-3 years experience in conducting systematic reviews
Knowledge of and experience with evidence-based guidelines and/or systematic reviews
Experience in working in or with medical societies or associations or in healthcare
Experience in the development of medical/clinical policies
Proficiency in or willingness to learn reference managerial software (eg, EndNote)
Experience with study analytic software for conducting meta-analyses (eg, Review Manager) preferred
Knowledge of evidence grading/rating systems (eg, GRADE, SORT, USPSTF, or other)
Experience reviewing and/or writing grant applications
This description was designed as a convenience to acquaint employees and managers with the basic elements of the position. The duties of this position are not limited to what is contained in this description, and employees in this position may be asked to perform various functions not listed within. This description is solely for the purpose of summarizing basic duties, and it is not intended to be a contract or guarantee of employment or of any specific terms or conditions of employment. This description may be amended or eliminated from time to time as necessary for operational or business reasons.
The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) is the global leader in advancing best patient outcomes through innovative chest medicine education, clinical research, and team-based care. With more than 18,700 members representing 100+ countries around the world, our mission is to champion the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chest diseases through education, communication, and research. ...This includes connecting health-care professionals to the latest clinical research and a wide array of evidence-based guidelines through the CHEST Journal, while also serving as a total education resource for clinicians through year-round meetings, books, mobile apps, and live courses in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. The first medical association with a clinical simulation program accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, CHEST also provides hands-on training through innovative simulation education. The CHEST Foundation, our philanthropic arm, provides members with grants, patient education tools, and other resources to help their patients live and breathe easier. CHEST staff are presented with a competitive salary and excellent benefits in a team-based atmosphere of highly qualified colleagues.