A Call for Connectivity

Clinical Researcher—August 2018 (Volume 32, Issue 7)


Jim Kremidas




From beginning to end, a clinical trial is about people. It begins and ends with the patients, of course. However, as a clinical professional, you are the engine that drives innovation and steers the day-to-day efforts that make clinical trials run smoothly.

Put it another way: Clinical trials could not happen without you, the members of ACRP.

Now it’s time for the clinical trial industry to give back. Entrants to the profession deserve state-of-the-art, codified standards and certifications to ensure employees hit the ground running with a good chance to thrive in their new career. For existing clinical trial practitioners, you deserve a defined career path to best harness your skills and inspire personal and professional growth.

A Commitment to Quality

As a member of ACRP, you’ve already demonstrated a commitment to raising the quality of clinical trials. You are part of a deep knowledge pool with the means to share best practices, learn about new tools and tactics, and remain connected with your brethren.

That last item is particularly important, I believe, because so many of you are on the road or flying the friendly skies with such frequency and for such long stretches of time. There’s no replacement for meaningful, face-to-face interaction. Whether at our annual conference, where thousands will gather next year in Nashville, at training events customized for cutting-edge clinical trial sponsors and site networks, or at one of our lively chapter meetings in locations all over the country and world, ACRP offers unique opportunies to connect.

Together, we also need to make the case to employers that quality training brings out the optimum skills in coordinators, monitors, principal investigators, data managers, patient recruiters, training and development specialists, institutional review board members and managers, regulatory affairs officers, and all other members of the clinical research team like you. This must be part of an ongoing effort to help attract the “best and the brightest” to join our exciting industry.

Trials will become more efficient, driving down cost and waste, while promoting morale, reducing expensive and disruptive turnover, and delivering higher quality care to patients. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

For Learning, for Listening, for Life

Thank you for everything you do. At ACRP, we’re excited to be a partner in your professional journey. We’re here to be a resource to help you do your important work better every day.

Clinical trials are about people. It’s time we as an industry invested more in the professionals like you who are helping others live longer, healthier lives.

As always, I’d love to hear from you with comments and questions.

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

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