NSGC Accepting Applications for Part-Time Methodologist
The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) seeks a part-time (20 hours/week) independent contractor to provide methodological services to support NSGC’s clinical practice guidelines-development process. The contracted methodologist would start immediately and work directly with author groups and report to the NSGC Practice Guidelines Committee (PGC).
NSGC Methodologist Duties and Responsibilities
As the PGC Methodologist, the contractor would assume the following duties and responsibilities:
Oversee the methodological process for five clinical practice guideline documents currently under development, using GRADE methodology for de novo guideline development and GRADE ADOLOPMENT.
Plan and execute NSGC’s systematic evidence reviews (SERs). Help NSGC launch two new SERs in 2021:
Facilitate refinement of proposed PICOT questions
Train group members in the SER process
Develop search strategy for reviews
Obtain full-text articles for reviews
Guide and provide oversight of the review process, data abstraction, and quality assessment using specialty software (Covidence). Create and maintain data extraction and quality assessment templates in the software for each project
Perform primary and secondary reviewer roles as necessary to meet internal deadlines
Perform data analysis as required, including meta-analysis and qualitative synthesis. Create accompanying figures and tables for SERs
Use GRADEpro to facilitate the guideline evidence-to-decision process.
Use library-management systems (e.g., Endnote)
Maintain and update literature for SERs to assess feasibility and appropriateness of updating the guidelines.
Plan and make recommendations for project transition between SER author groups to practice guideline author groups.
Work with, and oversee, PGC research assistant.
Develop educational materials for PGC members and author groups on SER and practice guideline development processes and best practices.
Assist in updating and revising NSGC’s Practice Guideline Development Manual.
Attend, participate in, and lead as appropriate, PGC author-group calls.
Work closely with the PGC Chairs, PGC Staff Liaison, PGC author-group liaisons, PGC research assistant, and author group leaders on a regular basis; develop collaborative working processes with author groups.
Provide methodological reports, updates, and recommendations to the PGC, NSGC Board, and NSGC staff as requested.
Ideal candidates will:
Have access to full articles and searchable databases, or access to a medical librarian who can obtain full articles.
Have an understanding of the genetics/genomics field.
Work successfully with several SER and practice-guideline author groups in different stages at the same time.
Set and keep project timelines.
Communicate effectively with the parties listed in #7 above.
Have familiarity with Covidence, GRADE, Endnote and other library-management tools.
Document contributions (content and hourly) on all NSGC practice guideline documents and practice guideline resources.