Open position at the Iowa Cancer Registry

  • 1.  Open position at the Iowa Cancer Registry

    Posted 11-24-2020 11:21

    Greetings from Iowa! 


    The Iowa Cancer Registry (ICR) is a population-based cancer registry that is one of the founding members of the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (NCI/SEER) program since its inception in 1973.  In order to continue to operate and maintain a high-quality central registry, the ICR is looking for an individual to join our editing and QC team as a Health Records Specialist. 


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    -          The Red Delicious apple, known as the "Hawkeye" was first grown in Iowa in 1856

    -          The internationally acclaimed Iowa State Fair attracts more than 1 million people each year

    -          Iowa has more golf courses per capita than any other state 

    -          In less than a day you can travel by car to other popular destinations like Chicago, St Louis, and Minneapolis


    Please find full details of the job and instructions to apply here:

    Position Specific Summary:  This position assists with the performance of epidemiological disease related research, including the study of cancer, by resolving complex data collection issues; providing consultative support to participating facilities and other research sites;  supervising data editing activities;  recommending revisions to abstracting, coding, and reconciliation of medical information from abstracts documents, reports, and on-line data sources; evaluating policy and procedure rules and guidelines;  analyzing, compiling, coding, and managing electronic systems and follow-up data;  formulating procedures for obtaining and processing data;  establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with participating entities;  training new staff in data collection and quality control activities;  providing direction, assignments, and feedback to assure outcomes are achieved; serving as lead medical editor for the Editing Unit. 

    Required Qualifications

    • A bachelor's degree in Medical Records or a human health science;  or an equivalent combination of education and progressively responsible experience in medical records, epidemiology, disease data collection, or a health registry
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Must be proficient in computer software applications including Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Adobe Acrobat
    • Extensive (3-5 years) experience coordinating the processing and editing of health information records
    • Demonstrated ability to function independently
    • Ability to occasionally travel overnight, valid US driving license and ability to meet the University of Iowa Fleet Safety Program driving standard

    Desirable Qualifications

    • Experience (3 or more years) working in a SEER registry
    • Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR), or eligibility to take the certification exam
    • Working knowledge of tumor nomenclature and classification systems, including ICD-O
    • Familiarity with American College of Surgeons cancer program requirements
    • Education or experience in human biology, anatomy, and physiology
    • Ability to communicate effectively with health care professionals
    • Knowledge of the United States health care delivery system
    • A background in epidemiologic research and disease data collection methodology
    • Reasonable (2-4 years) supervisory experience

    Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and education verification.

    Additional Information

    • Classification Title: Health Records Specialist
    • Appointment Type: Professional and Scientific
    • Schedule: Full-time


    • Pay Level: 4A

    Contact Information


    If you have any questions about this job opportunity, you can contact Bobbi Matt or Michele Hogue.



    Bobbi Jo Matt, MS, RHIT, CTR

    Manager of Editing/Quality Control

    State Health Registry of Iowa

    2600 University Capitol Centre

    Iowa City, Iowa 52242-5500

    (319) 335-8325