Category : Student Opportunities
Medical Record Epidemiology Liaison, Student Position
The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of the state of Georgia with the ultimate responsibility for the health of communities and the Georgia population. The agency is seeking a candidate for the position of Medical Record Epidemiology Liaison within the Division of Health Protection/Epidemiology Section. The Maternal Child Health Epidemiology Section (MCH) of the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) is seeking an epidemiologist to assist with identifying infants with birth defects and the subsequent medical record request process. MCH carries out a number of activities related to case ascertainment, case confirmation, and data quality assurance of birth defects in Georgia infants. MCH staff work closely with our 18 health districts, Georgia healthcare facilities, and the CDC’s National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD).
The MCH EPI Section houses several teams, including the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) project, perinatal health (maternal and infant morbidity and mortality, family planning), children’s health screening and services, and birth defects surveillance. This opportunity is with the Birth Defects Surveillance (BDS) Team in MCH. The BDS team conducts surveillance for reportable birth defects by monitoring the volume of case reports, confirming reported cases, and ensuring affected infants and families are referred to early intervention services. In this position, the Medical Record Epidemiology Liaison will gain experience in field epidemiology under the guidance and support of the Newborn Surveillance Team Lead and the Infant Surveillance Epidemiologist. To aid in monthly reporting of birth defects data, the Medical Record Epidemiology Liaison will perform detailed medical record abstraction and data entry using CDC case inclusion guidance. An ideal candidate must be attentive to detail and able to adapt to changing guidance.
- Ensure the status of each suspected birth defects case is kept up-to-date in the tracking form in the Georgia Birth Defects Registry, housed in the State electronic notifiable disease Surveillance System (SendSS).
- Identifying suspect birth defect cases using electronic data sources (e.g., electronic birth certificates) and direct reporting
- Case confirmation:
- Request records from relevant facilities (e.g., birth hospitals
- Ensure timely receipt of records for case reporting schedule
- Review records to confirm diagnoses of interest per CDC case definition
- Determine which cases are reportable for general birth defects
- Adapt to changing case guidance as appropriate
- Assist with data entry (e.g., medical record abstraction) for ongoing reporting and evaluation
- Assist the Newborn Surveillance Team Lead with ongoing data quality assurance
- Assist with other projects (e.g., preparing conference abstracts and presentations) as neededThe Medical Record Epidemiology Liaison will report to the Newborn Surveillance Team Lead.Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited college or university OR two years of experience performing epidemiologic work or work in a closely related field.
Preferred Qualifications: In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, preference will be given to applicants who possess the following:
- Pursuing Master of Public Health with concentration in Epi
- Experience working in state or local public health departments
- Comfort with Microsoft Excel and SAS or other statistical software