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Indiana CTSI Launches New Research Coordinator Training Program

November 29, 2012 - The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, in collaboration with the Indiana University Office of Research Compliance, is launching a new program for research coordinators at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

The goal of the Research Coordinator Education Programming Initiative (RCEDU) is to create a new continuum of research coordinator education that supports the highest level of integrity and promotes career paths in research. RCEDU will organize and centralize the development and implementation of research coordinator education programming at IU and is responsible for developing new programs for entry- and senior-level research coordinators, as well as enhancing existing programs for beginning and mid-level research coordinators.

All programming for research coordinators will now be housed within this new programmatic structure managed by the Indiana CTSI. A Research Coordinator Education Task Force has been established to oversee the development and implementation of the program for the Indiana CTSI. Task force members include representatives from the Indiana CTSI, Office of Research Compliance and Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The four levels of training under development will be commensurate with level of experience and training, including a new "Level One" training session mandatory for all newly hired research coordinators.

  • Level One: This educational program is designed for "trainees"(e.g., newly hired staff or those staff new to research). It is open to all staff members who work as resource coordinators/assistants on human subjects studies, but attendance is mandatory for IUSM staff who are newly hired as research coordinators in the following job classifications: PAEHE, PAO2RS, PAE3RS and PAE4RS. The program should be attended within the first two to 12 weeks of employment.
  • Level Two: This program currently exists as the Research Coordinator Education Program. This program is designed for "beginner" research coordinators and will focus on the basics of clinical research. Program attendance is mandatory for IU School of Medicine staff working as research c coordinators in the following job classifications: PAEHE, PAO2RS, PAE3RS and PAE4RS. The program should be attended within the first six to 24 months of employment.
  • Level Three: This program currently exists as the Research Coordinator Certification Program. This program is designed for "advanced" research coordinators and aims to cultivate an advanced understanding of clinical research topics. Attendance at this program is available to participants after approximately three years of experience in clinical research and via an application process.
  • Level Four: This is a new program which will be designed for those in research coordinator leadership roles. Attendance at this program could include staff such as research nurse managers, administrators and employees with more than five years of experience as a research coordinator.

The new "level one" training requirement will be effective Tuesday, Jan. 1, with compliance tracked by RCEDU. Registration for the program will be free-of-charge for new employees.

For more information, email rceducat@iupui.edu