University of Washington - Seattle, WA4.1

Full-time$3,400 - $4,600 a month
As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD, Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (CARER), and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The HMC STD Clinic has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time, research-focused MEDICAL ASSISTANT. The Research Medical Assistant (MA) will work with research teams and clinical staff in the Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) STD Clinic at Harborview Medical Center to screen patients for research eligibility, work with study coordinators to recruit patients into research studies, and consent and enroll participants in diagnostic studies. This will include screening patient charts and coordinating research recruitment activities with the clinical visit. Current studies in the clinic are focused on HIV and STI diagnostic tests, antimicrobial resistant gonorrhea, male urethritis, rectal chlamydia among men who have sex with men, and syphilis treatment.


Oversee day-to-day research-related participant recruitment and retention activities

Follow guidelines for identifying subject populations; work with a variety of clinical staff to coordinate patient recruitment

Work with Principal Investigators and study coordinators to develop systems to track pre-screening, screening, and enrollment for multiple research studies

Report on recruitment and retention progress to research teams

Assist with scheduling and retention for some research studies

Maintain confidentiality of subject records

Track inventory and order supplies

Manage communications and maintain effective working relationships with research teams and clinical providers

Perform other related duties as required.


Support research teams as needed by recruiting patients for studies

Screen potential participants and administer questionnaires

Complete the consent process for certain clinical trials (e.g. diagnostic test studies requiring only one visit)

Maintain communication with appropriate study personnel and clinic staff regarding subjects’ questions and concerns

Assess patients for research study eligibility and prepare patient for examination by the provider

Observe and document the patient’s physical condition in the medical record and recognize and report symptoms of medical illnesses to physician or nurse

Perform delegated patient care activities/education in accordance with established standards of practice

Assist during patient examinations and procedures performed by health care professionals with a primary focus on potential research participants

Perform clinical procedures, patient rooming, specimen collection, data collection, and laboratory processing as indicated based on scope of practice and departmental protocols and procedures

Apply appropriate policies, procedures, protocols, and standards of practice in performing duties

Support development of clinic and divisional efficiency and effectiveness through participation in quality assessment, and workflow improvement activities

Enter research study results


Perform clinical procedures as necessary, including but not limited to phlebotomy, finger sticks

Explain to patients how to self-collect anatomic swabs (i.e. vaginal, rectal, pharyngeal) and urine for STD screening

When time allows, assist with STD clinic procedures

For select studies: Prepare specimens for lab analysis in accordance with study protocols - label catalog, and occasionally transport specimens to laboratory facilities. Minimally process blood, urine or anatomic swabs for delivery via courier to other researchers


Keep clinical areas stocked with supplies, ordering stock when low

Prepare consent packets and kits for studies

Attend monthly staff meetings and monthly team meetings

Be a liaison between study teams, study subjects and collaborators both within and external to the PHSKC STD Clinic

Completion of a Medical Assistant course accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) or other recognized regional or national accreditation board;
equivalent education/experience.

Legal Requirement:
Must be Washington State Medical Assistant-Certified or achieve this designation during the probationary period. Failure to achieve and/or maintain this designation will result in termination of employment.

Valid BLS/CPR Card

Minimum one year of experience in human subjects research and/or a clinic setting

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and spoken)

Knowledge of medical terminology

Flexibility with shifting priorities and competing demands in a fast-paced work environment

Prior research, clinical or other professional experience with HIV/STD

Prior research, clinical or other professional experience with sexual and gender minority populations

Experience collaborating with and contributing to a research team

Prior experience with handling, processing, and transporting of human biological specimens

Research specific training in Protection of Human Research Subjects, Good Clinical Practices, HIPAA compliance, Blood Borne Pathogens, Shipping and Transporting Hazardous Materials, Laboratory Safety Compliance, and Managing Laboratory Chemicals training

Familiar with electronic medical record programs (EPIC)

Proficiency in using Microsoft Word for Windows, Excel, Access and PowerPoint

Self-starter and able to work independently with minimal supervision

Excellent organization, interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and communication skills

This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or