Continuing Education: Clinical Research and Clinical Trials

Continuing education for clinical research professionals is critical. The dynamic world of clinical studies and clinical trials requires that all of us keep abreast of not only federal and state regulations, but our own institutional processes for the safe, ethical and reliable conduct of patient-oriented research. Just as study initiation and conduct is a shared responsibility, so, too, is continuing education. If you are a clinical research professional and interacting with study subjects (and/or information or specimens related to human subjects) please be aware of two ongoing venues for UMass-based education. 

  • CRPG (Clinical Research Professionals Group) meets 6-8 times a year on a variety of topics relevant to study conduct. Past meetings have included a focus on IRB-related issues, HIPAA, recruitment, FDA role, study budgets and billing. Announcements are sent to all on the CRPG listerv. Please contact Marsha Fox at 508-856-8981 or marsha.fox@umassmed.edu to request the addition of your name to that email list.
  • GCP (Good Clinical Practice) training is a 12-hour educational program offered 3-4 times per year to provide the essentials of clinical research regulations and UMass policies concerning clinical research practice. Please contact Marsha Fox at 508-856-8981 or marsha.fox@umassmed.edu for more details, and next session date.

Many other organizations offer ongoing educational programs at the national and regional level, including:

Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) at  www.acrpnet.org 

Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) at  www.socra.org 

Drug Information Association (DIA) at  www.diahome.org