Executive Director’s Message: The New Year Brings Transition, Initiatives, and an Invitation

Jim Kremidas, ACRP Executive Director

Jim Kremidas, ACRP Executive Director

Clinical Researcher—December 2017 (Volume 31, Issue 6)

Jim Kremidas

[DOI: 10.14524/CR-17-4048]

These are exciting times to be in clinical research. As we approach 2018, it’s only natural to reflect on 2017 and ponder the future.

Elsewhere in this issue, outgoing Association Board of Trustees (ABoT) Chair Jeff Kingsley highlights some of our most important initiatives in 2017. It’s a list we should all feel proud of.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Jeff for his innovative leadership. He’s clearly been the right person at the right time for your organization. I’ve valued his counsel on many fronts this past year, and can’t thank him enough for his contributions to ACRP and the broader clinical research community. Of course, Jeff will remain active with the ABoT as Immediate-Past Chair in 2018.

New Year, New Chair

I’d also like to welcome Kathryn Kimmel as our 2018 ABoT Chair. She’s no doubt a familiar name to many of you. She’s been paying it forward for a number of years in a variety of roles for ACRP.

In her time in the clinical research field, Kathryn has worked as a clinical research coordinator (CRC), a director of a multitherapeutic clinic–based research department, a clinical research associate (CRA), and a regional manager of CRAs. She has also served as Chair for the Phlebotomy exam for NCA.

For ACRP, Kathryn has been a member and Chair of the Global CCRC Exam Committee, a member and Chair of the Academy Board of Trustees, the ABoT liaison to the Academy Board, Chair of the Governance Committee, and member of the Nominating Committee. She has earned ACRP designations as a CCRC (maintained for 20 years), CCRA (maintained for 13 years), and most recently the new ACRP-CP certification. She is currently a Senior Clinical Research Associate with PRA Health Sciences.

More to Come…

Looking ahead, your organization is committed to making 2018 the year of the certified professional. We’ve already taken a number of steps in that direction. For example, we recently brought Beth Harper on board as our new Workforce Innovation Officer.

A few years back, an ACRP survey found that more than 60% of employers require or prefer ACRP certification. I’m certain that number has increased since then.

Beth will spearhead ACRP’s initiatives to lead innovation in clinical research workforce development, including development of a competence-based Assessment Based Certificate (ABC) for clinical research professionals and promoting industry-wide adoption and implementation of ACRP’s Core Competency Framework for Clinical Study Monitoring.

Let’s Get to Work

On behalf of ACRP, we’re looking forward to the opportunity to work with you to advance the professionalism of the clinical trial workforce. It will benefit patients; it will benefit clinical trials; and it will benefit you by providing a clearer career path as you continue to grow.

As always, I invite you to reach out with any comments, thoughts, or questions.

Jim Kremidas (jkremidas@acrpnet.org) is the Executive Director of ACRP.