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July 2nd, 2014

Let’s Do Lunch on the 15th!

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Join us for an educational event focused on Investigator-Initiated Trials (IITs).  Learn from IIT researchers as they discuss how these studies differ from sponsored research.  Q&A session to follow.

 When: Tuesday 7/15 noon-1pm

 Where: Harlyne Norris Research Tower (NRT) LG503/4

Lunch will be served; RSVP is required.

Coordinator events will continue based on attendance and feedback. 


June 17th, 2014

Summer Greetings – June 2014

Greetings summerCoordinators,

Summer is almost here!  We hope to mingle and meet more of you soon.

As coordinators requested, our next event will focus on investigator-initiated studies.  Please continue to provide us your feedback and suggestions.

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See you soon!



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June 17th, 2014

Investigator-Initiated Trials & Lunch

learn_at_lunchOur next Coordinator educational event will focus on the process of conducting Investigator-Initiated Trials (IITs) at USC – the most requested topic for advanced education!

The event will feature a panel discussion with researchers experienced in IITs who will cover the challenges specific to investigator-initiated trials such as writing a protocol, funding, collaboration with industry, registration and more.

Stay tuned…details will be provided within the next month.  RSVP will be required.

June 17th, 2014

Updates on RC Job Descriptions and Certification

buzz Job Descriptions

  • Departments have hired coordinators using the new Research Coordinator job descriptions
  • Prior to hire, new hires for the Research Coordinator II and Supervisor positions must be certified (SoCRA, ACRP or equivalent)
  • Current coordinators interested in the reclassification process should contact their departments and Human Resources
  • Per Dr. Randolph Hall,  job reclassification will not have a negative impact on a coordinator’s salary

Certification Reimbursement

  • Coordinators currently classified as Research Coordinator I can request reimbursement for the initial cost of certification
  • Coordinators currently undergoing the reclassification process can also request reimbursement for the initial certification

As these are new processes, several issues are yet to be worked out.  We will provide updates as we receive them so please also share your experience with us!

June 17th, 2014

Resources: Orientation to Clinical Research at USC

Resources awhatwherewhenre now available from the Orientation to Clinical Research at USC hosted by the Office of Research.  The orientation provides clinical investigators an overview of the processes, committees and ancillary reviews necessary to conduct clinical trials at USC.  Refer to the links below for more information.


June 17th, 2014

AAHRPP Re-Accreditation: Are You Prepared for an Interview?

aahrppIt’s that time again.  The USC Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP) is getting ready for the AAHRPP re-accreditation visit next year.

As you may recall, members of the HSPP team – including investigators, coordinators, department administrators – are selected by AAHRPP visitors for interviews.  If selected for an interview, you will receive a notice early next year.

In preparation for re-accreditation, town meetings will be scheduled in the fall semester to discuss the accreditation process, updated Policies and Procedures and other researcher news.  Also, AAHRPP interview guides are now available on the OPRS AAHRPP webpage.  Check out  and share the administration and researcher and staff guides with your research team.

June 17th, 2014

Cincinnati Children’s Researcher Training Initiatives

cincinnati children'sThis month’s RC Bulletin focus on national coordinator resources is on training initiatives offered at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital:

March 21st, 2014

Spring Greetings!

It’s an exciting time buzz bee for USC Coordinators!  Have you heard the buzz?

New developments were announced at our last event that directly impact and advance coordinator training and career progression.

Read on for highlights from this important milestone!



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March 21st, 2014

Highlights from RC Lunch with USC VIPs

Below are notable highlights and handouts (including updates) from the Lunch and QA with USC VIPs.

Also, check out the latest announcements from from the Vice President of Research regarding Coordinator Professionalization and Certification as well as a Clinical Trials Office update to sponsors.


Coordinator Certification


  • Reimbursement for one-time certification of SoCRA is available from the Office of Research.  For more information, contact

New Coordinator Job Descriptions

  • New Research Coordinator (non-RN) job descriptions are available for immediate use. These include:

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For more information, refer to the Coordinator Training and Professionalization update.

Cerner Part 11 Compliance Documentation

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  • To obtain Cerner documentation of Part 11 compliance, email Soheil Jadali.   Though a statement of certification is no longer required for certified EHRs such as Cerner, the Clinical Trials Office will process documentation requests from sponsors.

Clinical Trials Office (CTO) Listserv


Training / Education

  • To include and contribute the coordinator perspective in Powertrials training, email OPRSContinuingEducation

March 21st, 2014

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