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Job Summary

The Michigan Arthroplasty Registry Collaborative for Quality Improvement (MARCQI) is a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) and Blue Care Network (BCN) Collaborative Quality Initiative (CQI) that aims to address inconsistencies and variations in patient outcomes related to hip and knee joint replacement surgery. The goals of MARCQI are to create a statewide quality improvement infrastructure by developing a consortium of hospitals in Michigan to engage in quality improvement activities for hip and knee joint replacement surgery procedures and reduce the costs of this care in the State of Michigan. We are bringing together arthroplasty practices across the state of Michigan to collaborate and share data regarding processes of care and clinical outcomes in the treatment of hip and knee replacement procedures.  We are seeking a highly skilled individual who will serve as a Lead Statistician for our Coordinating Center full-time located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The MARCQI Coordinating Center collects and analyzes multi-sites observational data.  This position supports various statistical activities for quality improvements, quarterly reports and state-wide collaborative meetings, under the supervision of faculty biostatisticians, depending on level of experience.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Responsibilities*

Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Conduct statistical analyses in support of MARCQI’s mission of quality improvement
  • Gather, analyze, and interpret a wide variety of data.
  • Select data samples and analyze using established statistical methods.
  • Explore and learn statistical methods and techniques in published literature to apply to MARCQI’s quality improvement efforts
  • Analyze, compare, and evaluate courses of action
  • Recommend changes in procedures based on analysis of data.
  • Produce charts, graphs, tables, and other visual aids communicating methods and findings for team, committee, and collaborative-wide meetings
  • Perform data queries, develop risk adjusted reports from the database that differ from the raw data reports produced by database vendor; target specific metrics associated with data validity and reliability.
  • Supply and present written summaries of analysis and methods for MARCQI staff and directors.
  • Support manuscripts preparations for publication and provide statistical support for MARCQI partners preparing manuscripts for publication.
  • Develop external documentation of projects and efforts
  • Attend and engage in MARCQI meetings where results of analyses are presented to the MARCQI collaborative members and best practices are shared.
  • Share guidance and support for data collection strategies and problems, programming issues, supplemental analysis, and reporting of MARCQI data. 
  • Communicate input regarding expectations for hospitals; required data elements dictionary.  Review the development and preparation of registry report tools, data collection tools, and data system training manuals; policies and procedures necessary to assure data quality and data flow; surveillance and longitudinal follow-up protocols. 
  • Create datasets for data received from database vendor, data loading, cleaning, and formatting subsequent analysis; provide statistical analysis and SAS programming for metric reports and longitudinal follow up.
  • Actively participate in and attend all MARCQI collaborative meetings.
  • Assist sites and MARCQI Coordinators with data analysis report generation related to quality improvement projects.
  • Possesses and applies comprehensive knowledge of particular field of specialization to the completion of complex assignments.
  • Complete other assigned projects, as needed

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in public health or quality engineering (statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, industrial engineering, etc), information technology or a related field
  • Proficient ability to use SAS Programming language, Microsoft Office (e.g. Outlook, Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint), Google Suite (e.g. Drive, Docs, Sheets, Jamboard), DropBox, EndNote.
  • 5-8 years of professional experience
  • 3+ years of systems analysis /programming (SAS)/database in a biomedical or business environment setting; Strong knowledge and experience with SAS, including advanced knowledge of macros
  • Strong knowledge and experience in statistical process control, survival analysis, regression models, visualization tools, etc.
  • Independently address tasks with minimal direct supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and oral)
  • Positive attitude and a willingness to identify areas needing support and providing it
  • Ability to work cohesively in a team
  • Strong multi-tasking ability with propensity to adjust for changing priorities.
  • Excellent judgment while operating in a flexible and professional manner.
  • Discretion when dealing with highly sensitive information
  • Focus on customer service
  • Well-developed organizational skills
  • When safe to do so, individual must be able to be in the office in Ann Arbor, Michigan and travel to meetings locations across the state throughout the year.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Proficient in Python, LaTEC, Tableau
  • Experience managing large, complex datasets

Additional Information

This MARCQI position is a new position due to growth at the MARCQI Coordinating Center that is fully supported by external/sponsored funds via Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

This is not a remote position.  However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are following the guidelines set by the state and federal government agencies and Michigan Medicine to telecommute during this time.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.