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January 30th, 2015

Coordinator Update – January 2015

newsandeventsGreetings Coordinators!  This edition includes the following updates:

If you have suggestions or questions, please email us at

January 30th, 2015

Introducing the RC Advisory Group

advisorygroupOPRS has formed an informal coordinator advisory group, to continue to address topics relevant to your needs. The group will provide recommendations for education topics, guide bulletin content and bring to light hot topics in the coordinator world.

The group includes representatives from:

  • Clinical Investigations Support Office (CISO)
  • Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
  • Neurology, Surgery, and Cardiovascular departments

OPRS thanks the team for its contribution as well as all coordinators who continue to support clinical research initiatives and education.

January 30th, 2015

IDS Pharmacy Use for Clinical Research


Education Session

Join us next month for a lunch-and-learn event with Investigational Drug Services pharmacist Caroline Chellamy and experienced RCs.

Bring your questions…we’ll take care of lunch!


  • Tuesday Feb 24th @ Noon – 1:30pm
  • Norris Topping Tower 7409
  • RSVP is required

Click here to RSVP

If you RSVP but are later unable to attend, please let us know (email


Related: Scheduling Monitor Visits with the IDS Pharmacy

January 30th, 2015

Scheduling Monitor Visits with the IDS Pharmacy

message2See attached instructions from IDS Pharmacy (click on link) regarding advance scheduling of monitor visits with the IDS Pharmacy.


  • All monitor visits that require IDS Pharmacy access should be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance
  • To schedule a monitor visit with IDS Pharmacy, email (preferred method) or call (323) 865-3538

IDS Pharmacy oversight includes research conducted at Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Cancer Hospital, Clinical Trials Unit at Norris, LAC+USC Medical Center, and Maternal Child Adolescent Research.

January 30th, 2015

Expanded GCP Education Requirement

Principal Investigators and staff on new studies and any newexclamation-point staff on ongoing studies meeting the NIH definition of a clinical trial are required to complete Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training.

GCP training is primarily intended for study staff who collect data through intervention or interaction with a subject, or have access to private identifiable information.

Announcement from Vice President of Research Dr. Randolph Hall.


January 30th, 2015

AAHRPP Site Visit May 6-8

aahrppThe Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP) re-accreditation visit is scheduled for May 6-8.  Accreditation is the gold standard for HSPPs and is awarded to the nation’s top research institutions.

Stay tuned for more information in the next few months.

In preparation for your possible interview, check out these Interview Guides under “Educational Materials”.


January 30th, 2015

“Guide to Clinical Research” Updated

Guide-to-Clinical-Research-CoverThe Office of Research has updated the Guide to Clinical Research at USC. Major updates include:

  • Key provisions of the new LAC+USC Sponsored Programs Agreement governing clinical research at LAC+USC for all sponsor types (pg. 6)
  • New section “Training and Job Classifications” that provides information on clinical research staff job classifications and training (pg. 43)
  • Updated flow chart: Industry-sponsored clinical trials at USC for sponsor and PI-initiated studies (Appendix I)
December 11th, 2014

Season’s Greetings Coordinators!

happy holidayBefore heading out for the Winter Recess, check out the following updates:

Happy Holidays,


December 11th, 2014

Next RC session: SPAs and Hospital Billing

billingBased on your votes, the next education topic will feature representatives from Sponsored Projects Accounting (SPA) and Hospital Billing.

If you’d like to participate in our panel, please let us know at

Stay tuned for event date (tentatively late January) and location details.

December 11th, 2014

Important Update: SOCRA Reimbursement

If you did not previously register for the SOCRA opportunity because you thought you were ineligible, note the following:

Note: applicants must register with SOCRA by 12/26/14.