The Medical University of South Carolina Joins ACRP ‘Partners in Workforce Advancement’ Initiative

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) welcomes The Medical University of South Carolina 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 The Medical University of South Carolina on this critical initiative,” says Jim Kremidas, ACRP Executive Director. “We believe that in clinical research, people are everything. Without an adequate pipeline of qualified, competent professionals, our community will fail both to sustain the workforce and to improve the efficiency and quality of medical discovery.”

“Bringing awareness of potential research careers to the community and developing a strong, diverse pipeline of clinical research professionals is a priority to MUSC,” says Jackie Carter, talent acquisition manager for MUSC.  “We are eager to expand on the efforts we have already started internally.  The more we can highlight the various career opportunities for our research community, the more qualified and diverse applicants will become.  There is no better way to do this than by joining the PWA and partnering with other organizations with the same goal; to strengthen and grow the research workforce.”

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.

About The Medical University of South Carolina

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is the oldest medical school in the South, as well as the state’s only integrated, academic health sciences center with a unique charge to serve the state through education, research and patient care. Each year, MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and 700 residents in six colleges: Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. The state’s leader in obtaining biomedical research funds, in fiscal year 2018, MUSC set a new high, bringing in more than $276.5 million. For information on academic programs, visit http://musc.edu.

As the clinical health system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest quality patient care available, while training generations of competent, compassionate health care providers to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Comprising some 1,600 beds, more than 100 outreach sites, the MUSC College of Medicine, the physicians’ practice plan and nearly 275 telehealth locations, MUSC Health owns and operates eight hospitals situated in Charleston, Chester, Florence, Lancaster and Marion counties. In 2019, for the fifth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina. To learn more about clinical patient services, visit http://muschealth.org.