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Student Clerk - Supportive Oncology - Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center


The Supportive Oncology team supports two primary units, the Tissue Procurement Core and Clinical Research Services. Our goal is to help doctors and scientists advance research in achieving earlier diagnoses and better treatments for cancer patients. Your primary function as a Student Research Assistant will be to support research studies at the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. The success of these studies depends on a strong foundation built by devoted students who are committed to the advancement of cancer research.



  • Screen clinic schedules and identify eligible subjects using UIHC electronic medical record system (EPIC) and EPIC reports.
  • Screen for and transfer biospecimens, such as pathology, blood, bone marrow or buccal samples.
  • Perform data abstraction, criteria-specific or focused chart review for on-going studies.
  • Enter data using data collection tools such as EPIC, Labmatrix, REDCap, and OnCore platforms.
  • Prepare mailings for research subject questionnaires.
  • Make folders and packets for patient consent approaches.
  • Approach patients for study consent.
  • Assist in judging validity of data; making recommendations for change as opportunities for improvement are identified.
  • Consult with supervising staff to support improvement activities and organizational initiatives.
  • Perform additional tasks, special functions and/or special projects as assigned.



  1. High School Diploma or GED.
  2. Availability to work 10-20 hours between 7:30 am and 5:00 pm M-F each week during the school year. Opportunities to work up to 40 hours a week may be available during the Summer.



  1. Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  2. Proficiency in software applications such as MS Office (Excel, Word, Outlook).
  3. Experience with medical terminology.



  1. Relevant experience in the conduct of translational cancer research studies.
  2. Proficiency with research databases such OnCore, REDCap or Labmatrix.
  3. Knowledge of the UIHC medical record system (EPIC) and cancer-related medical terminology
  4. Ability to manage complex information with attention to detail and a high level of accuracy.



Administrative supervision provided by Internal Medicine, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Functional direction provided by Supportive Oncology Research Coordinator.


Hours: Monday- Friday between 8am-5pm(scheduled hours vary based on class schedule)

Pay: $12.00/hr