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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.


March 12th, 2015

CITI CRC Course in Development

CITIThe Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) is developing a Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) course. The course will be available at USC later this year.

Stay tuned for additional updates on this Bulletin.

March 12th, 2015

Update: Caroline Chellamy

sad faceIDS Pharmacist Caroline Chellamy will be missed along with the several hundred people let go from Keck School of Medicine on 3/10/15.

Caroline’s departure will be a great loss to the research community, coordinators and OPRS.

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.