George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ Department of Clinical Research & Leadership Joins ACRP ‘Partners in Workforce Advancement’ Initiative

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The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) welcomes George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ Department of Clinical Research & Leadership to the ACRP ‘Partners in Workforce Advancement’ (PWA) initiative.

PWA is a groundbreaking new initiative to expand the clinical research workforce by bringing together a broad coalition of clinical research stakeholders focused on creating a sustainable workforce for the future.

“We are excited to partner with George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ Department of Clinical Research and Leadership on this critical initiative,” says Jim Kremidas, ACRP Executive Director. “We believe that in clinical research, people are everything. Without an adequate pipeline of diverse, qualified, competent professionals, our community will fail both to sustain the workforce and to improve the efficiency and quality of medical discovery.”

Professor Joan Butler, program director, GW Graduate Clinical Research Administration academic programs notes that the PWA initiative is needed to develop and promote successful approaches that attract, retain and nurture the next generation of talented clinical research professionals to ensure a continued pipeline of innovative drugs, devices, in vitro diagnostics and vaccines to meet patient needs.

The clinical research enterprise continues to struggle with high turnover, quality and performance variance, and a growing demand for more skilled, competent professionals. At the root of these issues is a lack of awareness of clinical research as a career option in the healthcare and life sciences communities.

“Organizations employing clinical research professionals of all types agree – the first step in creating a diverse and sustainable talent pool is to ensure that healthcare and life sciences students are aware of clinical research as a career option,” Kremidas adds.

As its flagship project, the PWA will develop and implement an industry-wide campaign to increase awareness of clinical research as a career option among healthcare professionals and students.

If you are interested in supporting the PWA, please contact Beth Harper at beth.harper@acrpnet.org.