Clinical Research Coordinators (CRC)

Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) are an integral part of the research team. Coordinators are responsible for the day-to-day conduct of the study and ensure that research is conducted in compliance with the study protocol as well as federal, state and institutional guidelines and regulations.  To fulfill these responsibilities, CRCs need support and resources. OPRS promotes  CRC efforts by helping to develop education, establish a Coordinator network and provide a forum to share available resources.

Research Coordinator Bulletin

Starting a Clinical Trial: the Basics

Subscribe to Research Coordinator Bulletin

USC Courses and Training

Clinical Research Orientation and Materials
Contracts and Grants Training Sessions
Office of Compliance Research Administrators Forum
iStar Training Videos [BROKEN LINK]
Good Clinical Practice Training
Informed Consent Documentation [weird file type]

Organizing Study Records

Comprehensive Study Document List
Biomedical Study Binder Table of Contents Sample
Socio-Behavioral Study Binder Table of Contents Sample
Sample Checklist for Documenting Subject Visits
‘Living Textbook’ of Clinical Trials 
Clinical Research Toolbox

Audit Preparation

Shedding Light on an FDA Visit
FDA Bioresearch Monitoring (BIMO) Checklist
CQI Visit Assessment Checklist
Problems Frequently Identified in OPRS Assessments

Information Brochures

The USC Human Subjects Protection Program has developed and printed a wealth of human subjects booklets available to users online or in hard copy by request to oprs@usc.edu.

Human Subjects Booklets

Should I participate in research?

This brochure has been designed to introduce patients to clinical research and provides them with contact information for exploring further the options available through clinical trials.  It is available in Spanish as well as English.

Articles of Interest

Documentation

When is a Medical Record not a Source Document?
Adverse Event and Drug Coding in Clinical Research

Monitor Visits

Completing Monitor To-do Lists
Site Visit Follow-Up
Source Documents for Clinical Trial Visits

Contracts

Negotiating Clinical Trial Agreements – FAQs
Top 3 Myths about Clinical Research Billing Compliance
Risks to Guard Against for Clinical Research Billing

CTSA Publications About Research Coordinators

Clinical Research Coordinator Job Description Recommendations (2012)
CTSA Training Elements of Clinical Research Coordination (2012)
Coordinator Resources Recommended by National CTSA Committee (2012)
RC Unplugged: What Should be on Your Stop-Doing List”
“Identifying and Addressing the Training, Support, and Career Development Needs of Research Coordinators” [NO FILE]
“Critical Needs for Clinical Research Support Coordinator Training Support and Career Development” [NO FILE]

Commercial Certification and Education

Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) | USC Feb 2015 Event
Association of Clinical Research Professionals
Comparison of SoCRA & ACRP Certification
Barnett Educational Services

Research Coordinator Advisory Group

OPRS and the Research Coordinator Advisory Group work together to facilitate improvement in the clinical research process by bringing attention to current challenges. These meetings lead to RC education sessions, policy review and guide RC bulletin content.

Research Opportunities at USC

Explore the USC website Careers at USC to find new opportunities for research coordinators. Search the job category “Laboratory and Research” for available positions at all sites – Health Science Campus, University Park Campus, Verdugo Hills Hospital and Norris Cancer Hospital.
You may also sign up to receive “job alert” emails as positions become available. See Jobs in Research.