Clinical Research Assistant, Lankenau Medical Center (Wynnewood, PA)

Job:                            Full-Time Clinical Research Assistant

Practice:                     Marks Colorectal Surgical Associate
                                    Medical Science Building, Suite 375
                                    Lankenau Medical Center
                                    100 East Lancaster Avenue
                                    Wynnewood, PA 19096         
                                    (610) 645-9093 (T)
                                    (610) 645-9476 (F)

Contacts:                    Paige Adams, Current Research Assistant

Time Commitment: One year beginning mid-to-late May 2021


This outstanding opportunity allows a highly-motivated student interested in clinical research to play a vital role at a research-oriented surgical practice. Throughout the year, the research assistant works on a multitude of research projects, markedly improving the strength of his/her medical school application. Marks Colorectal Surgical Associates specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques and sphincter-preserving rectal cancer management. As such, Drs. John Marks, Gerald Marks, and Henry Schoonyoung have consistently been at the forefront of their field, offering valuable contributions to the literature. It is this dynamic mixture of academic and clinical medicine that affords the research assistant the unique chance to gain meaningful exposure to the operating room, clinical rounds, and patient clinic settings.

Twice each month, the research assistant works closely with Dr. Marks’ Surgical Fellow to create a presentation consisting of recent interesting/difficult cases, which is then presented to a multidisciplinary panel of physicians at Rectal Cancer Management Conference. About 40% of the research assistant’s time is spent collecting data on advanced minimally invasive procedures in state-of-the-art laparoscopic and robotic operating suites. The research assistant plays a particularly integral role in managing the practice’s surgical databases and in utilizing this data to prepare abstracts and manuscripts for submission to surgical/oncologic conferences and publications. Such opportunities allow the diligent worker to make significant additions to their curriculum vitae over the course of the year. Projects this year have included publishing manuscripts in journals such as Diseases of Colon and Rectum and Journal of Surgical Endoscopy, contributing to a chapter to be published in the "Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery" textbook, writing multiple abstracts which were submitted (and accepted) to the professional conferences for SAGES and ASCRS, as well as helping to prepare presentations for national and international meetings and webinars.

Please note that this position has an excellent track record of gaining applicants acceptance to competitive medical schools. Interested individuals may apply by sending their cover letter and resume to Paige Adams (