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July 30th, 2014

Investigator-Initiated Trials: Last RC Event

RC SpeakerThank you all for joining us for the educational session on Investigator-Initiated Trials.  We are grateful to our speakers who were informative, candid and entertaining:

  • Christine Tam, RN, MS (Cardiovascular)
  • Zeno Ashai, MPH (CISO)
  • Nonna Snider  (CISO)
  • Agustin Garcia, MD (Norris)
July 30th, 2014

New Webpage: Investigator-Initiated Trials

teamworkIn addition to the Research Coordinator webpage, OPRS is compiling resources for a new page of Resources for Investigator-Initiated Studies. The page currently includes USC resources and FDA guidance.

Send your protocol templates, worksheets, and other IIT tools  to and we will make them available on the new webpage.

July 30th, 2014

Update: Coordinator Reimbursement for SOCRA Exam

socraAll employees classified as research coordinators (nurse or non-nurse), or in the process of being classified as a research coordinator, are eligible for reimbursement of the costs of the certification examination from the Society of Clinical Research Associates.  Certification is required for the Research Coordinator II and Research Coordinator Supervisor positions.


Interested parties must register and pay for the certification exam with the Society of Clinical Research Associates. Once completed, please provide Georgina Clegg ( with the following information:

  1. Your contact information and job title
  2. Confirmation of exam completion
  3. Copy of the receipt
  4. Please use email subject line: Certification Reimbursement
July 29th, 2014

Stay Tuned: CTO Ed Session

stay-tuned-The next Coordinator event, Fall 2014, will focus on the USC Clinical Trials Office (CTO) processes that affect RCs. Send questions, ideas, suggestions for the agenda to

Lookout for meeting details to be announced on this Bulletin.

In the meantime, visit the CTO website.

July 29th, 2014

Spotlight: UC Davis Clinical Research Guidebook

2014 UCDavis GuidebookThe UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center has released the 2014 Clinical Research Guidebook providing a resource for the processes and procedures for conducting clinical research at UC Davis.  We encourage you to check out its contents as a way to supplement information available at USC.

To access the Guidebook, visit the UC Davis Clinical Trials Resource Group website.

July 2nd, 2014

Let’s Do Lunch on the 15th!

lunch is served

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.