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April 20th, 2015

Coordinator Update: April 2015

buzz beeGreetings Coordinators!  This edition includes the following updates:

If you have suggestions or questions, please email us at

April 20th, 2015

LAC+USC Agreement Education Session: RSVP Required

educationJoin us at the next coordinator lunch to discuss the new LAC+USC Agreement and its impact on clinical research.

Speakers  include:

  • Dr. Tom Buchanan: Overview and Implications of New Agreement
  • Dr. Darcy Spicer: Operational “Nuts and Bolts”
  • Phillip Moore: Effect, Impact and Difference on County Research Process


  • Friday May 15th @ Noon – 1:30pm
  • Location: Hastings Auditorium (HMR 100)
  • RSVP is required; lunch provided

Click here to RSVP

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

April 20th, 2015

Coordinator Training from CITI Now Available

CITIThe CITI Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) training is now accessible online. Log in to your CITI account to access the course. A certificate of completion is available upon completion.

A USC-specific module will be created within the next few months to provide guidance about USC processes. OPRS will solicit coordinator input to assist with creation of this module. Stay tuned!

April 20th, 2015

Sponsors’ Criteria for Site Selection

A survey of five leading industry sponsors rated the following as critical factors for deciding to collaborate with a site:

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  • Standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place for GCP compliance
  • Medical facilities and equipment available on site
  • Patient enrollment timeline
  • Percentage of studies meeting 100% enrollment
  • Budget negotiation timeline

To view additional sponsor expectations, see the survey results.

April 3rd, 2015

Impact of New County Agreement on Clinical Trials

lacusclogoJoin us 0n May 15th for an RC Education lunch focused on the new County Agreement. Speakers will discuss:

  • Overview and Implications of new Agreement (Dr. Tom Buchanan)
  • Operational “Nuts and Bolts” (Dr. Darcy Spicer)
  • Effect, Impact and Difference on County research process (Phillip Moore)

Save the date: Friday May 15th

Location to be determined; details will follow soon.

See memo from Dr. Buchanan: LAC+USC Sponsored Programs Memo 3-27-15

April 3rd, 2015

New Online CITI Course for Coordinators

CITICITI has announced a Clinical Research Coordinator course. USC is in the process of purchasing this course for all coordinators, investigators and research staff.

Later this summer, USC will work on a module customized for the USC process to be included as an additional module in this course. Stay tuned.

See CITI announcement for more details.

March 12th, 2015

Coordinator Update – March 2015

butterflyspringGreetings Coordinators! This edition includes the following updates:

If you have suggestions or questions, please email us at

March 12th, 2015

RC Education Lunches

The last RC education lunch topic was educationIDS Pharmacy. Thank you attendees! You helped us accomplish our goals to continue these sessions: good turnout and lively interaction. See Highlights from IDS Pharmacy Session

The next topic is LAC+USC Medical Center Sponsored Projects Agreements. Details will be announced in this Bulletin.

Note: it’s important to cancel an RSVP if unable to attend (email

March 12th, 2015

Highlights from 2/24 RC Lunch on IDS Pharmacy


  • 2.24.15 IDS picChristine Tam provided helpful tips including how to plan ahead to prepare for bumps on the road
  • Stephanie Mullin discussed IDS delays with getting drugs to subjects
  • Caroline Chellamy addressed IDS issues affecting research at USC (see below)

Thank you to our speakers!

Limited Hours of Operation

  • IDS pharmacy is open Monday – Friday from 8am to 4:30pm
  • After Hours Care IconAfter hours coverage must be arranged ahead of time: 1 Keck pharmacist responsible for Keck clinical care and IDS services
  • Holiday closures will be announced 2 weeks in advance; please contact IDS pharmacy in advance if subjects must be scheduled on a holiday

Limited Resources

  • research pharmacyIDS provides coverage for Keck Hospital, Norris, LAC+USC Medical Center, Clinical Trials Unit, Maternal Child and Adolescent Adult Center
  • IDS staff: 1 pharmacist, 1 pharmacy tech; staff attend and supervise all audits
  • Space is limited; study medications are triaged according to study location

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Drug Storage in Hospital Space

  • drugsStudy drugs cannot be stored in hospital space outside of IDS pharmacy (Joint Commission violation)
  • As best practice, utilize IDS pharmacy to ensure proper temperature control, adequate inventory control and safe handling/disposal

IDS Pharmacy Policies

  • policiesFor coordinators who requested access to IDS pharmacy policies, see IDS Policies (no login required)


March 12th, 2015

Heads Up: Public Profiles for USC RCs

USCHSprofilesCoordinator profiles will soon be added to the USC Health Sciences Profiles (a resource to identify researchers) to promote collaboration and networking.

Keck School of Medicine and SC CTSI are leading this initiative.