The Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Virtual ACRP 2020, Part II – Workforce Development – (Part 1) Track Replay

This package is a replay of the ACRP 2020 Virtual, Part II Program.  It includes the following sessions:

  • Creating a Training Pathway for Your New Investigator

A challenge facing new study investigators is how to learn all elements of the investigator role, in addition to research regulations, to understand/successfully complete investigator responsibilities. A strategic learning process will ensure understanding of such critical items as investigator oversight, staff education/certification, appropriate delegation, clinical research vs. practice, staff management, protocol review, administration/business development, and effective communication, etc. This presentation focuses on fundamental steps to take to best prepare a physician for their new role as PI/Sub I in independent practice, or as part of a research site network. It will provide examples of best practices employed by successful sites in selecting/training new physician investigators and showcasing capabilities with finesse during site selection. It provides a training pathway that new investigators can follow to successful study conduct and strategic relationships. Speaker: Elizabeth Weeks-Rowe, LVN, CCRA, Clinical Research Trainer/Writer, Clinical Research Writing and Training

  • Feeling All Alone: Building Community Among Coordinators in a Consortium or Within a Large Center

Communication and teamwork are critical skills for coordinators of experience level or any size institution. This session will address how to develop community from both the perspective of consortium research studies as well as large academic centers. The session will provide the audience with an overview of consortium research and why coordinators feel alone and unsupported. Additionally, the same can be true in a large academic center where staff are often working in department silos. We will identify key ways to develop community, even in low budget settings. We will provide evidence as to why mentoring relationships are not only beneficial, but they serve to advance the profession of clinical research coordinators. The session will include a panel discussion where audience members can ask questions and dialogue together. Speakers: Teri Crumb, MSN, RN, CCRC, Pediatric Clinical Research Nurse II, Spectrum Health/Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; Corinna Bowers, BSBA, CCRC, Senior Clinical Research Program Manager, Nationwide Children’s Hospital; Margret Kamel, PhD, CHES, CCRC, Associate Director of Research Projects, Emory University; Theresa Kump, BA, CCRP, Clinical Research Manager, Medical College of Wisconsin

  • Conflict & Communication Competence in Clinical Research Project Management

Project management is a hot topic applied to clinical research. The Clinical Research Professionals who manage projects must ensure research is efficient, quality and safe. Compromised understanding and lack of high-level communication skills can delay protocol approvals, confound logistical planning, corrupt data integrity and threaten participant safety. In the light of ACRP’s alignment with the JTF Competencies Framework, it is important to note professional competence is in part defined by the habitual and judicious use of communication in daily practice for the benefit of those being served. Communication and teamwork require the capability to communicate competently in challenging interfaces as a core skill to sustain trust and efficiency. We will offer guidance to improve competent communication in clinical research teams. Speakers: Jade Williams, PhD, Faculty, University of Florida; Robert Kolb RN, MS, CCRC, Assistant Director Clinical Research, University of Florida

  • A Competency-Based Job Classification Tool – The ‘Title Picker’ Implementation Across Two AMCs

Duke updated and aligned the job classifications for research professionals at our institution through the utilization of the Joint Taskforce for Clinical Trial Competency framework. We created a tool that would blend consistency among our existing incumbents and new hires. We created a REDCap tool for incumbent mapping of 700+ clinical research professionals. The tool was modified to classify 353 new hires into competency-based positions and 187 internal position changes (reclass, transfers). We will demonstrate how this tool was adapted and implemented at The University of Alabama at Birmingham to align clinical research job classifications within a competency-based framework for existing positions through the implementation of the Clinical Research Career Ladder initiative with plans to continue to expound on this by modifying the process for new hires in the future. Speakers: Denise Snyder, MS, RD, Associate Dean for Clinical Research, Duke University School of Medicine; Christine Deeter, Project Planner, Duke University School of Medicine; Mark Marchant, MBA, MPH, Director, Clinical Trial Administrative Office, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Purchase Track Replay

This program is a compilation of recorded sessions from Virtual ACRP 2020, Part II.