Committees

CoAPCR Committees

Please consider participating on a CoAPCR Committee to impact the educational offerings in clinical research and your voice to the collaborative work of CoAPCR in supporting the work of academic programs in clinical research.  We aim to enhance curricula of member programs to offer outcomes-based education that will promise highly competent graduates to support the clinical research enterprise world-wide.

CoAPCR is presently coordinating the work of four committees:

The Program Directory and Membership Committee is reviewing and consolidating information about the entire existing academic educational programs in clinical research, both in the U.S. and worldwide.   Persons serving on this committee are considering the costs, course offerings, settings, target student populations, information technology and logistics of each of these programs.  The aim is to engage all active academic programs as members in CoAPCR for the exchange of ideas, curricula and outcomes of graduates to best serve the growing research enterprise. 

Contacts for this committee are:
Bill Gluck: gluckw@durhamtech.edu

Barbara Pennington: penningtonb@uncw.edu

 

How can you become involved in CoAPCR Committees?

The committees work in virtual teams exchanging information and documents via E-mail.  Monthly and bi-monthly conference calls using an Internet connection enable presentations and exchange of documents.

Persons interested in the committee topics may join in these discussions by contacting Carolynn Thomas Jones, DNP, MSPH, RN.  The results of committee efforts will be discussed during periodic CoAPCR Teleconferences and at the CoAPCR annual meeting, held in conjunction with the annual ACRP meetings.

The Bylaws Committee is working to ensure that bylaws are up to date and applicable to CoAPCR's current mission. 

The contacts for this committee are:
Carolynn Thomas Jones: Jones.5342@osu.edu

Sara Perkel: Sara.Perkel@drexelmed.edu

The Web Site Committee works to ensure that the website for CoAPCR is up to date. 

The contact for this committee is:
JoAnn Pfeiffer: jpfeiff4@asu.edu

Jared Kerr: kerrj@uncw.edu

 

The Accreditation Committee is working with the accreditation bodies to determine the best process of identifying an accreditation structure for academic programs in clinical research to ensure curriculum content serves the needs of the research enterprise.  The committee is currently working on an application to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in an effort to begin a process of developing an accreditation pathway.   

The contacts for this committee are:
Stephen Sonstein 
Stephen.Sonstein@emich.edu

Barbara Gladson 
gladsobh@shrp.rutgers.edu

The Core Competency Committee.  The goal of this committee is to define basic curriculum content for clinical research program graduates. The CoAPCR published its initial proposed competencies which were informed by harmonizing previously published competency work (1).  Ultimately, after an initial workshop at DIA (2), the CoAPCR Core Competency Committee participated in the formation of the Joint Task Force (JTF) for Harmonized Core Competencies inaugural meeting and finalized set of core competencies, consisting of 8 domains and 51 core competencies (3).  A global survey of the competence, relevance and learning needs for the JTF competencies was conducted in 2015.  

JTF Survey Tool

A manuscript is in preparation to disseminate key results.  Future studies and initiatives are likely to be generated from these results.   The JTF Core Competencies have been adopted by CoAPCR and member institutions have begun the process of mapping their curriculum to these competencies.  The CoAPCR Committee on Accreditation will use these competencies as a basis for developing Standards and Guidelines for academic program accreditation.  Programs may use a sample program mapping tool (see below) to plan curriculum mapping.  A similar tool can be used for course objectives and student deliverables.

JTF Blank competency Mapping

Contact for this committee is:
Carolynn Thomas Jones  

205-612-0421

References:

(1) Jones, C.T., Parmentier, J., Sonstein, S., Silva, H., Lubejko, B., Pidd, H., Gladson, B., Browning, S. (2012). Defining competencies in clinical research: Issues in clinical research education.  Research Practitioner, 13(3), 99-107.

(2) Sonstein, S., Silva, H., Jones, C.T. (2012). Workshop: Harmonization of core competencies across the clinical research enterprise to help enhance the quality of clinical trials and the personnel who conduct them.  In Program and Abstracts of the 48th Annual Meeting of the Drug Information Association, Philadelphia PA.

(3) Sonstein, S.A., Seltzer, J., Li, R., Jones, C.T., Silva, H., Daemen, E. (2014, June). Moving form compliance to competency: A harmonized core competency framework for the clinical research professional. Clinical Researcher. 28(3); 17-23. DOI: 10.14524/CR-14-00002R1.1  Located at http://www.acrpnet.org/PDF/ClinicalResearcher/2014June/Sontein.pdf