Friday, April 28, 2017

Having Fun Getting Ready for the Symposium

What is that noise?  Is there a party going on?  Maybe a comic show since everyone is laughing so loud - I need to check it out.

You can imagine how surprised I was when I walked into the multi-purpose room at UTC yesterday to see a large group of associates working together to prepare for the Symposium! You would think they were having a new years' party given the laughter and fun.  Everyone from associates who only joined MHRI a few weeks ago to ones who have attended all 5 of the previous Symposiums were there, taking their lunchtime to come together to prep the materials needed for Monday.

While not a competition for speed, word has it that the team with Randy Estes, Deliyah Westley, and Angela Thomas finished their stack of bags first. Thanks to all the associates who stopped by throughout the afternoon to ensure everything is in readiness for Monday's symposium.

I hope you take the opportunity to join us on Monday, May 1, to see the results of the combined efforts of MHRI associates.

6th Annual MedStar Research Symposium
Educational Sessions begin at 1 pm
Resident & Fellow Oral Presenetaionts begin at 3 pm
Abstract poster presentations and keynote address begin at 4 pm

Bethesda North Marriott & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Rd.,
North Bethesda, MD 20852

** The Bethesda North Marriott Conference Centers off-site parking is located at: 6130 Executive Blvd., Rockville, MD 20852.**

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Quarterly Managers' Meeting: Associate Presentation

For this quarter's Manager's meeting, we invited one of our associates to join all the managers to present their research. We welcomed Bonnie Carney, a research associate in the Burn Research Lab at MedStar Washington Hospital Center to present her research.

Having associates at the Manager's meeting reminds our managers that research is a team sport and that each person on the team has an impact on the results. Thank you for joining us and presenting your research, Bonnie!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Making MHRI Their Professional Home

Last week, we hosted the first annual MHRI Service Award luncheon.

At MHRI, we are committed to engaging our associates and want them to make MHRI their professional home. In honor of those associates who have committed multiple years here (5, 10, 15, or 20 years of service), the Associate Engagement committee suggested that we take the time to recognize those associates at a lunch in their honor. This luncheon is in addition to the presentation of the service award and gift at the annual year-end celebration.

I was joined by executive team members Mary Anne Hinkson, Joan Bardlesy and Karen Wade to honor these associates on their 5 year work anniversary. It was great spending some time with associates who work across the system, hear about their area of work and having them come together and connect. Associates who work only floors from each other had the chance to meet and discuss their roles at MedStar Health Research Institute.

Thank you to the Associate Engagement Committee for suggesting this idea and the planning team who helped pull it off, and thank you to each 2016 Service Award recipient, who continue to support the work that MHRI conducts in order to advance health and support our communities.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Continuing Progress with OnCore

I’ve been trying to keep you updated on the status of the new MedStar Health and Georgetown University collaboration of the clinical trial management system (CTMS), OnCore. OnCore will serve as a workflow manager and repository of all clinical research administrative and management activities.

Announced in February 2016, we have been hard at work with a kick-off meeting and immersion training in April 2016, followed by the launch of two pilots, in oncology and cardiology, in late 2016. Our goal was to fully test and vet the system before rolling it out to all areas of clinical research.

Since our pilot go-live, we have made lots of progress in 2017. End user training for all Oncology Regulatory Coordinators and Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) took place in January, followed by the data migration of all Oncology studies and subjects to OnCore in February. End user training for all non-oncology Regulatory Coordinators and CRCs at MHRI also took place in February and March.Several studies, including newly activited studies are now going 'live' using OnCore to help manage the trial.

With end user training and the oncology data migration complete, we still have lots of work to do. For example, we are manually entering all new non-oncology studies into OnCore, along with calendars and budgets for each. So far, 25 studies are live in OnCore with calendars and budgets (23 studies in oncology, 2 cardiology studies), and we plan to add all active studies to OnCore by the end of the 2017 fiscal year in June.
Training and support activities for OnCore users continue, with twice-weekly training webinars and daily support calls.
Many thanks to those who have participated launching OnCore! It's a long process and we couldn't have made it this far without your contributions.

Associates can find more information on StarPort, including documentation, training tools, and dates for training. If you have any questions, please contact

Monday, April 3, 2017

Why Should You Attend the MedStar Health Research Symposium?

Friends and Colleagues,
Because it is both fun and educational!

That is the answer to the first reason you should attend the 2017 MedStar Health Research Symposium on May 1st. Curious to know even more reasons? Well read on for my top 10 list:

Because it is fun and educational – you will learn about all aspects of advancing health at MedStar Health.

To experience the new conference center venue with one (extremely large) grand ballroom and multiple break-out sessions (at the Conference Center at the North Bethesda Marriott).

To be a part of the first system-wide Resident Research Day held in conjunction with the Symposium and to watch the top residents and fellows present their studies in a state of the art amphitheater.

7: To connect with our MedStar Innovation Institute as they share their latest initiatives and show you how to integrate innovation into your everyday MedStar activities.
6: Attend one of 6 pre-symposium workshops to learn about the research resources, biostatistics boot camp, academic promotions and more.
5: To hear the latest about how the current political administration may affect the future of academic medicine from Darrell G. Kirch, MD, president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges as the keynote address.
4: To view the record-number of abstract presentations (well over 200) and dozens of fascinating case reports from across all disciplines at MedStar.
3: To collaborate and meet with researchers, investigators, clinicians and administrative leaders from across the system.
2: To see the impact of MedStar Health is having as an academic healthcare system, living at the cross-roads of academics and real life medicine, all embedded in our community.
1: To share in the pride – there is no way to describe how proud you will be to be part of MedStar Health when you are reminded of the impact our research is having on our community and on the health and wellness of people around the world.

Join me at the Symposium, at the North Bethesda Marriott on May 1, and see how my top ten list compares to your experience. What do you need to do -
Register today!

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