University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 225178

Position Summary:
The Waisman Center is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases throughout the lifespan. One of 14 centers of its kind in the United States, the Waisman Center encompasses laboratories for biomedical and behavioral research, a brain imaging center, and a clinical biomanufacturing facility for the production of pharmaceuticals for early stage human clinical trials. In addition to its research efforts, the Center provides an array of services to people with developmental disabilities, offers numerous educational and outreach programs to young children and their families, and trains scientists and clinicians who will serve our nation in the future.

This position will serve as a public health record abstractor on the Wisconsin Surveillance of Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities System (WISADDS) project, a project funded as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. WISADDS is a public health project that conducts population-based, multi-source surveillance of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) among children in a 10-county area of southeastern Wisconsin. WISADDS adheres to a surveillance methodology developed by CDC involving screening and abstraction of data from records at multiple sources.

Principal duties:
(85%) Screen records and abstract data at multiple sources (e.g., clinics, diagnostic centers, treatment facilities) within a 10-county area following current CDC ADDM Network protocol. This individual will screen source records to identify those meeting criteria for abstraction. For those abstracted, this individual will determine data to be entered according to CDC ADDM Network protocol and abstract information from relevant records into a secured surveillance database.

(10%) Participate in local and ADDM Network multi-site quality assurance activities and meet reliability standards following protocol including, but not limited to:
- Participate in ongoing quality control procedures for local record re-review.
- Participate in the ADDM Network abstractor listserv and conference calls regarding record review and abstraction topics.
- Successfully complete periodic ADDM Network multisite quizzes and reliability activities.

(5%) Collaborate with Program Manager, team members and source personnel to organize review and complete abstraction in a timely and accurate fashion. This includes disseminating information about the project and answering questions from staff at sources.

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