Provide methodological oversight to CHEST’s clinical practice guidelines development program. Maintain consistency of process and data retention across the program. Serve as an advisor to the volunteer Guidelines Oversight Committee, guideline panels, staff, and contractors. Recruit, on-board, and oversee the efforts of contractors (eg, librarians, methodologists, evidence-based practice centers) to extend CHEST’s capabilities.
Remain current on developments in the field of evidence-based medicine and implementation science, conducting periodic audits of the program and processes, and forming recommendations for improvement toward enhancing the timelines to develop, clinical utility and relevance of the output to healthcare providers, institutions, payors, and patients. Serve as lead methodologist on specified core guidelines to be maintained over time.
Demonstrate a passion for crushing lung disease and embody CHEST values: honor the team, lead with integrity, leverage passion, cultivate innovation, and have serious fun.
Establish, retain, and evolve CHEST standards of guideline development toward ensuring rigorous application of available evidence, timely production of guidelines, and utility to all end users. Develop and maintain standardized materials and toolkits used to orient guideline submitters, chairs, panelists, and contractors to the CHEST process and maintain consistency of application.
Maintain methodological oversight of all guidelines in progress, serving as a resource to adjudicate challenging issues and reviewing work for quality at key stages of the development process. Partner with project management staff to keep oversight over projects in motion and proactively discuss challenges with staff, contractors, and volunteer leadership to remove hurdles to progress.
Engage with the field as a representative of CHEST, leveraging continuing education to provide advice and guidance to the Guidelines Oversight Committee and guideline panels and staff within and external to the department.
Recruit, on-board, and oversee the efforts of specialized consultants or groups leveraged to support approved projects in whole or in part.
Identify and maintain key systems to be deployed for use in CHEST guideline development (eg, EndNote, DistillerSR, GRADEPro).
Serve as lead methodologist on assigned topics core to CHEST’s guidelines portfolio, partnering with project management staff, external resources, and developing and maintaining strong relationships with guideline chairs and panels. Lead and/or facilitate key elements of guideline development, such as:
Development of clinical questions and PICOs
Development and execution of search strategies across multiple databases (eg, PubMed, Cochrane, etc.)
Define inclusion and exclusion criteria
Review data extraction into evidence tables (summary of findings, descriptive, and methodological assessment tables) and develop evidence profiles
Assess study quality
Facilitate interpretation of evidence tables and profiles
Provide or oversee the provision of methodological consults on key organizational initiatives, such as consensus statements, position or policy statements, educational initiatives, or needs assessments.
Assist with other projects and tasks of the department, as necessary, including obtaining articles and documents requested by CHEST staff.
Required Qualifications and Competencies:
Advanced post-graduate degree in one or more of the following: health services research, epidemiology, public health, health sciences, or clinical area such as medicine or nursing with high level of comfort dealing with medical terms, concepts and taxonomies.
Experience in clinical practice guideline development leveraging GRADE or comparable methodology, resulting in 5 or more guideline publications.
Minimum of 5 years’ experience reviewing, analyzing, and synthesizing clinical, scientific, and health research literature; understanding of biostatistics, research methods, protocol development and study design.
Strong interpersonal and networking skills; ability to gain trust and communicate complex concepts with clarity to diverse groups (ie, physician volunteers, academics, association staff), navigate formal and informal channels to leverage the right people and expertise to accomplish work.
Applies scientific, analytical approach to problem solving broadly to understand root causes, weigh options, including cultural and relationship implications, and eliminate barriers to progress.
Strong prioritization skills and drive to execute on tasks and goals, and anticipate contingency needs. Demonstrated ability to participate in multiple large concurrent projects at different phases and focus attention accordingly.
Demonstrated skills to apply effective oral, electronic, and written communication methods with colleagues and volunteers; keen ability to visualize information in slides and other tools.
Strong results orientation.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and with teams.
Flexibility and adaptability
Strong presentation skills
Proficiency in literature search and key guideline development toolsets, such as EndNote, GRADEPro, DistillerSR, and RevMan, and more generally either Mac- or PC-based applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and comparable programs
Periodic travel required to represent CHEST at professional society and business meetings
About American College of Chest Physicians
The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) is the global leader in advancing best patient outcomes through innovative chest medicine education, clinical research, and team-based care. With more than 18,700 members representing 100+ countries around the world, our mission is to champion the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chest diseases through education, communication, and research. This includes connecting health-care professionals to the latest clinical research and a wide array of evidence-based guidelines through the CHEST Journal, while also serving as a total education resource for clinicians through year-round meetings, books, mobile apps, and live courses in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. The first medical association with a clinical simulation program accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, CHEST also provides hands-on training through innovative simulation education. The CHEST Foundation, our philanthropic arm, provides members with grants, patient education tools, and other resources to help their patients live and breathe easier. CHEST staff are presented with a competitive salary and excellent benefits in a team-based atmosphere of highly qualified colleagues.