American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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Quality Analyst

Employer: American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Position Location: Arlington Heights, Ill. (headquarters)
Title: Quality Analyst
Department: Quality & Performance Measurement
Reports To: Quality Project Manager
Supervises: None

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is seeking a Quality Analyst to work in our Quality & Performance Measurement Department.

Basic Function

Responsible for supporting and implementing activities related to the organization's quality products and deliverables.

Essential Duties

  • Support the Sr Quality Analyst and Quality Project Manager in the the development of Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines:
    • Assist in identifying potential plastic surgery relevant clinical topics
    • Help coordinate the solicitation and selection of chairs and work group members
    • Assist in the management of multispecialty work groups of plastic surgeons, stakeholder society members, and patient representatives
    • Learn to query bibliographic databases using relevant search syntax to develop and implement the literature search strategy
    • Assist in performing systematic literature reviews and critical appraisal of scientific literature adherent to international methodologic standards with in house project management software
    • Learn to utilize statistical software to analyze relevant data from the systematic review and synthesize summary of findings appendices
    • Support and edit manuscript narrative development
    • Assist in coordinating publication of guideline with Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal (PRS) staff
    • Work with Marketing and Communications departments to disseminate draft guidelines and retrieve feedback during open public comment periods
    • Help coordinate approvals through ASPS leadership including clinician members of the Executive Committee, Quality and Performance Measurement Committee (QPMC)
    • Report project progress periodically through Leadership Staff Reports
  • Support the Quality Project Manager in the development of evidence-based performance measures:
    • Assist in identifying potential plastic surgery relevant clinical topics and supporting evidence-based guidelines, performing needs assessments when necessary
    • Help coordinate the solicitation and selection of chairs and work group members
    • Assist in the management of multispecialty work groups of plastic surgeons, stakeholder society members, and patient representatives
    • Support and edit manuscript narrative development and measure specification
    • Aid third party technology vendor in developing electronic measure specifications, and manual entry questionnaire logic
    • Help coordinate publication of measure set with Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal (PRS) staff
    • Work with Marketing and Communications departments to disseminate draft measure sets and retrieve feedback during open public comment periods
    • Coordinate approvals through ASPS leadership including clinician members of the Executive Committee, Quality and Performance Measurement Committee (QPMC)
    • Report longitudinal project progress periodically through Leadership Staff Reports
  • Helps facilitiate development of other Quality deliverables as needed, including but not limited to clinical position statements or other research products.
  • Work with research staff to maintain an in-house clinical journal reference database.
  • Stay abreast of evidence-based medicine methodologies, information, and trends; attending relevant trainings when necessary
  • Serve as a resource for physician members with quality-related questions/research requests.
  • Occasional evening conference calls and some travel and weekend work as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Qualifications

  • Education: Bachelor's degree required. Master of Public Health or related Master's degree desirable.
  • One to two years' experience in drafting, revising and finalizing research-based quality products such as guidelines, performance measures, quality improvement products preferred
  • Two years of project management experience preferred.
  • Previous experience facilitating academic journal manuscript development and publications preferred
  • Strong understanding of evidence-based medicine concepts preferred, including:
    • Clinical study designs, including risk of bias
    • Literature search methods and databases, including specific search syntaxes (e.g. EMBASE, PubMed, and Cochrane)
    • Previous experience with EndNote or other reference manager software a plus
    • Systematic review processes, including literature quality appraisal methodologies such as GRADE or QUADAS
    • Knowledge of statistics and analytical methods, including parametric and non-parametric tests, and regression analyses and the ability to conduct these in statistical software (SAS, STATA, R). Previous STATA experience preferred.
    • Previous experience with performance measure specification development a plus
  • Familiarity with national recommendations for evidence-based medicine and quality products from the Institute of Medicine and/or other national quality leaders including PCPI, NQF, and CMSS
  • Excellent writing and analytic skills
  • Ability to clearly communicate complex scientific/statistical information formally and informally Computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and previously mentioned applications or databases (e.g. EndNote, STATA, EMBASE, PubMed, Cochrane)
  • Experience in health/medical association management a plus.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to effectively manage multiple projects.

Competencies

  • Analyze Issues: Gathers information systematically; applies accurate logic in problem-solving; understand complex concepts and relationships
  • Initiative: Takes action, seeks new opportunities, strives to see projects to completion
  • Interpersonal Skills: Show strength in interacting with physician membership, staff, and external stakeholders.
  • Problem Solving: Strives to understand contributing factors, works to resolve complex situations
  • Project Management: Monitors status of projects, thoroughly deals with project details, adheres to project timelines, delivers clear, accurate depictions of project status

Physical Demands

  • Manual Dexterity: Work requires ability to properly and efficiently use computer.
  • Physical Effort: Work requires negligible physical exertion. Minor lifting may be required at special events up to 25 lbs.
  • Working Conditions: Most work done in office, use of computer and telephone for discussion with members, staff, and other stakeholders. May be required to travel to sites other than the organization's main office. Work overtime as needed.
  • Hazards: No known exposure to hazards.

Application

For consideration for this position, please send your resume to hr_jobs@plasticsurgery.org and enter "Quality Analyst" in the subject line.

About ASPS

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world. Founded in 1931, the Society is comprised of more than 7,000 physician members and represents more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. ASPS' mission is to advance quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery.

ASPS is conveniently located in Northwest Suburban Chicago (in Arlington Heights), close to O'Hare Airport and just off the Northwest Tollway (Arlington Hts Road Exit).

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