Medical Center of the Americas Foundation Joins ACRP’s Clinical Research ‘Workforce Innovation Steering Committee’

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The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) welcomes Medical Center of the Americas Foundation as the latest member of the ‘Workforce Innovation Steering Committee’ (WISC).

The WISC is a collaborative partnership of private and public stakeholders working to improve clinical trial quality and respond to changes impacting the workforce by providing oversight for needed standardization activities. The partnership has led several standardization initiatives in clinical research, including publication of competency guidelines for clinical trial monitors and clinical research coordinators.

“We are excited to welcome Medical Center of the Americas Foundation to the WISC,” says Jim Kremidas, ACRP Executive Director. “Industry’s current approach to workforce planning, development, and assessment is not sustainable and is not resulting in improved clinical trial outcomes. By focusing on the talent pool today, ACRP is working collaboratively to ensure the stability of the clinical research enterprise in the future and the continued development of new drugs, devices, and therapies.”

“The MCA Foundation (MCA), a non-profit organization, whose mission is to develop and catalyze the life science ecosystem, in the Paso del Norte region (El Paso, Texas; Juarez, Mexico; and Las Cruces, New Mexico), is thrilled to become a member of ACRP’s Workforce Innovation Steering Committee,” says Dr. Charles Miller, PhD, Associate VP for Research & Healthcare Quality at UT Health in Houston, Texas and MCA board member servings as founding chair of the Clinical Trial Consortium. “The MCA is committed to growing clinical research excellence regionally, and looks forward to contributing to the development and implementation of workforce initiatives, designed to advance research excellence, globally. The MCA plays a key role as neutral facilitator and Executive Sponsor of the region’s Clinical Trial Consortium.”

Workforce planning, development, and assessment is imperative to the existence, quality, and efficiency of clinical research. Yet, it has been largely overlooked as industry focuses instead on the important initiatives to improve quality and efficiency through process and technology innovation.

Future WISC initiatives include development and promotion of hiring guidelines for clinical research coordinators and competency standards for principal investigators.

“By focusing on workforce initiatives, we hope to collaboratively equip industry with standardized measures of competence that will help reduce variance in workforce competence and assist in growing the clinical research workforce of tomorrow,” adds Kremidas.

If you are interested in joining the WISC and contributing to ACRP’s workforce innovation initiatives, please contact Beth Harper, ACRP Workforce Innovation Officer, at beth.harper@acrpnet.org.

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