The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) welcomes Rutgers School of Health Professions Biopharma Educational Initiative’s Doreen W. Lechner, PhD 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 Rutgers 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 Rutgers Biopharma Educational Initiative’s mission is to bring the biopharmaceutical industry together with academics in a partnership to develop career-enhancing educational opportunities,” states Doreen W. Lechner, program director and assistant professor, M.S. Clinical Trial Sciences, Rutgers School of Health Professions. “Becoming a member of the WISC provides an opportunity to collaborate with other stakeholders towards a common vision.”
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 performance 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.