Clinical Research Assistant Marks Colorectal Surgical Foundation | Wynnewood, PA

Aug. 21, 2023

Hiring Now: Full-Time Clinical Research Assistant

Marks Colorectal Surgical Associates
Lankenau Medical Center
100 East Lancaster Avenue, MSB-375
Wynnewood, PA 19096        

(610) 645-9093 (T)

Contacts: Lauren Kosinski, MD
Executive Director, Marks Colorectal Surgical Foundation
[email protected]                                                           

Time Commitment: Now through May 2024

The Opportunity:                  

We have an unexpected opening for a highly-motivated pre-medical student interested in clinical research to play a vital role in a research-oriented surgical practice. Marks Colorectal Surgical Associates is at the forefront of minimally invasive colorectal surgical techniques and has the first and largest US experience using a single-port robot for colorectal operations.  The multi-disciplinary, sphincter-preserving rectal cancer management strategies pioneered by Dr. Gerald Marks and expanded by Dr. John Marks helped establish the rectal cancer standards for care today. The research assistant opportunity is unique for offering applicants the chance to get a very close look at research seamlessly integrated into clinical practice; it is truly a dynamic mix of academic and clinical practice with a long history of success. As such, our research assistant program is highly competitive, and for the first time in 20 years, a research assistant needed to withdraw from the position for family reasons. We are re-opening our search.

The research assistant is integral to our clinical research activity and works in multiple capacities including but not limited to collecting and recording clinical data in the operating room, hospital wards, and outpatient clinic, helping analyze and interpret study results, preparing abstract and journal submissions, helping write book chapters, preparing videos and multimedia presentations for major scientific surgical meetings, courses, and webinars here and abroad, attending to study administrative details, helping maintain our project management system, and being a jack-of-all-trades who provides support as needed to keep the people and enterprise moving. Last year our group presented 19 original studies at major meetings. Diligent workers have had ample opportunity every year to make significant additions to their curriculum. Past assistants have been co-authors of manuscripts in journals such as Diseases of Colon and Rectum and Journal of Surgical Endoscopy, of invited articles in publications such as Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery, and of chapters in textbooks.

Past research assistants have reported that this experience not only significantly contributed to their acceptance into medical school, it prepared them for it by refining organizational skills, preparing them for the pace of work, and exposing them to patients, anatomy, health system infrastructure, and the delivery of care. Twice each month, the research assistant works closely with the Marks Surgical Fellow to create the Rectal Cancer Management Conference presentation of recent interesting/difficult cases. At least 40% of the research assistant’s time is spent in state-of-the-art laparoscopic and robotic operating suites.

Please note that past research assistants also have an excellent track record of being accepted to competitive medical schools. Interested individuals should visit our websites to learn more about the opportunity and faculty and may apply by sending their cover letter and resume to Lauren Kosinski, MD ([email protected]).