Sunday, April 22, 2018

Training Research Coordinators

Guest Blogger: Emily Paku, PMP
Program Coordinator, Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Just last month, MedStar Health Research Institute hosted the Ethics, Regulations and Study Implementation for Research Involving Human Subjects training, as part of the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical & Translational Science program training series.

We welcomed attendees from around the region who are research coordinators and research nurses to help them better understand the importance of regulations and ethics when it comes to conducting research and protecting out patients.

Jason Umans, MD, PhD, opened the training with an overview of the GHUCCTS consortium and injected some humor and current events into an early morning start. Attendees received background information on the importance of "Informed Consent & Participant Capacity" from Sarah Vittone, DBe, MSN, MA, RN,  "Good Clinical Practice" from Maureen McNulty, RN, MS,  "Investigational Test Articles" from Tamaro Hudson, PhD, and "Clinical Trial Budgeting" from Tina Stanger, MA, CRA. Kate Cohen, JD, CHRC, CIP presented updates on the recent changes to the Common Rule.

Shaunagh Browning, MSN, RN, FNP-BC provided an overview of  "Study Initiation, Implementation and Termination" which left one attending stating, “Great training! I wish I had this when I first started managing clinical trials…”
Mary Anne Hinkson, MBA, helped attendees classify typical household items into one of the 3 medical device classes during the "Investigational Drug, Device & Biological Development" session. Feedback from attendees said that the session were "very informative and fun...”! (Fun fact: Did you know a manual toothbrush is a class 1 medical device?)

It was great to be a part of the planning and see the session first hand. To view slides from the training, click here. Interested in attending future training courses? Let us know here.

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