News

An annual update of CoAPCR activities are shared here from newsletters and annual meeting minutes.

These Newsletters or meeting minutes are downloadable in pdf format:

September 2018

First Academic Program in Clinical Research Accredited

At its board meeting in September 2018, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) voted unanimously to fully accredit the Arizona State University (ASU) Clinical Research Management Programs.  This is a major step forward in the recognition of Clinical Research as an academic discipline.  CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in the US and internationally.  ASU provided, in a self-study report followed by a site visit, documentation that its Master’s level programs in Clinical Research Management, Clinical Research Management with Regulatory Science Concentration, and its Certificate Program in Clinical Research Management had met all of the standards required by the Committee on Accreditation of Academic Programs in Clinical Research (CAAPCR).  The curriculum component of the accreditation standards is based upon the Harmonized Core Competency Framework from the Joint Task Force for Clinical Trial CompetencyCAAPCR is sponsored by the Consortium of Academic Programs in Clinical Research and there are currently 7 additional academic programs in clinical research that have requested accreditation reviews.  For further information on the accreditation process and CAAPCR, please review the CAAPCR website or contact Stephen Sonstein, PhD; Chair, Committee on Accreditation of Academic Programs in Clinical Research at caapcr@gmail.com.

August 2018

Research: Competency Index for Clinical Research Professionals (CICRP): Measuring Competencies of CoAPCR Students

Letter to CoACPR Institutional Members

Good day. There is a team of CoAPCR institutional members who have developed a survey to measure the acquisition of competence and evaluate readiness of students or graduates of academic programs teaching clinical research from our various member institutions. The research study is entitled, "Competency Index for Clinical Research Professionals (CICRP): Measuring Competencies of CoAPCR Students".  Jared Kerr, Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington (UNCW), is serving as the study's Principal Investigator. This research study was approved by the UNCW Institutional Review Board #18-0003. Jared Kerr has been granted access to the CoAPCR institutional member email distribution list. Jared Kerr will use CoAPCR email distribution list to provide each institutional member the survey recruitment materials. The recruitment materials include an email, paper flyer, and web message. The survey is anonymous and personal identifiers of students are not collected in the survey.

We would like CoAPCR institutional members to distribute information about the study using the approved survey recruitment materials to the qualifying student population at your respective institutions. Participation by you and any students is voluntary. Potential study participants will qualify for the study if they are current students or a graduate of an academic program teaching clinical research. You should distribute the survey recruitment materials using your institution's appropriate email distribution list, bulletin board, website, or social media site.

If you do participate in distributing the survey recruitment materials to your students, please let Jared Kerr know the total number of students who qualify to receive the recruitment materials. We need to know when survey recruitment messages are sent to your students and the number of potential survey participants. The number of undeliverable recruitment messages (e.g., email) will be counted, so the total potential number of survey participants is accurate.

Any questions regarding the study or survey including any questions from potential student participants should be directed to Jared Kerr.

Open Survey of CoAPCR Institutional Members

Sincerely,

Principal Investigator:
Jared Kerr, JD, MPH
College of Health and Human Services, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Study Co-Chairs:
Carolynn Jones, DNP, MSPH, RN
Carlton Hornung, PhD, MPH
Consortium of Academic Programs in Clinical Research (CoAPCR)

Survey Invitation to Students of Academic Programs in Clinical Research

Students or graduates of academic program teaching clinical research, please take a few minutes to complete an anonymous survey. This research study was approved by the UNCW Institutional Review Board #18-0003. Researchers need your help to measure the utility of a new competency index called the Competency Index for Clinical Research Professionals (CICRP). The CICRP aims to estimate perceptions of confidence and readiness in clinical research competencies.

Open Survey of Students

April 2018

Annual meeting at the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) meeting and expo in National Harbor, MD.  The ACRP meeting is April 27th to 30th, 2018.  CoAPCR will meet on Friday, April 27, 2018.

January 2018

New publication!

Hornung CA, Jones CT, Calvin-Naylor NA, Kerr J, Sonstein S, Hinkley T, Ellingrod VL. Competency indices to assess the knowledge, skills and abilities of clinical research professionals. International Journal of Clinical Trials. 2018;5(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2349-3259.ijctx`20180130

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June 2017

The Joint Task Force for Clinical Trial Competency (JTF) invites public comment on the Draft Version 2.0 of the Harmonized Core Competency Framework. The decision to update the Framework is indicative of the JTF’s commitment to meeting the needs of clinical researchers globally. More than that, the decision recognizes the diversity of experiences across the clinical research community.  Public comment by June 30, 2017 extended to July 31, 2017.

May 2017

Committee on Accreditation of Academic Programs in Clinical Research (CAAPCR) now has an information page available on the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) website.  Information on CAAPCR including governance and accreditation is available.

Summer 2017

Minutes Annual Meeting

ACRP 2017 Meeting & Expo, Seattle, WA

February 2017

New Standards for Accreditation Advance Professionalization of Clinical Research  (Michael Causey, ACRP Blog, February 7, 2017)

Update on the work of CoAPCR member Stephen Sonstein's work on accredidation for academic programs in clinical research. According to the ACRP blog post: "Clinical research is taking another step toward professionalization with the anticipated approval  of new “Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Academic Programs in Clinical Research” by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), says Stephen A. Sonstein, PhD, professor and director of clinical research administration at Eastern Michigan University." read the full blog post here

December 2016

Survey Highlights Growing CRA Workforce Shortage (Michael Causey, ACRP Blog, December 13, 2016)

"Turnover rates in the clinical trial workforce continue to eclipse the 25% mark despite an average 7% salary spike, according to the 18th annual CRO Industry Global Compensation and Turnover Survey, conducted by HR+Survey Solutions, LLC. “I’m not surprised by these numbers,” says ACRP Workforce Innovation Officer Terri Hinkley, RN, BScN, MBA, CCRC, FACRP." read the full blog post here

November 2016

ACRP to Release First Ever Harmonized Core Competency Framework for Clinical Trial Monitors (ACRP Press Releases, November 28, 2016)

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) today announces plans to release a harmonized Core Competency Framework for Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) in December that for the first time ever will define the core competencies required of clinical trial monitors/CRAs within the eight core competence domains for clinical research professionals, as defined by the Joint Task Force for Clinical Trial Competence (Learn More about the JTF). read the full press release

 

April 2016

The annual COAPCR meeting will be held in tandem with the annual ACRP Global meeting in Atlanta! The schedule follows:

MEETINGS AT ACRP:  (All located at: Building A, Room A408)

Sunday, April 17th-

  • 1-3 pm-  Council on Accreditation (CoAPCR)
  • 3:30 – 5:30 PM – CoAPCR Annual Meeting (CoAPCR Annual Meeting Agenda_April172016)
  • 6:30 – Dinner for CoAPCR Members- Pitty Pat’s Porch Restaurant- near Convention Center)

Mon, April 18th

  • 8:30 – 10 am-  Joint Task Force Meeting

 

Presentations by COAPCR members:

Sat, April 16th

  • 9:30 - 10:30 AM  Session 1–8 (Room A305, Level 3, Building A)  (JTF Survey Results)  (Sonstein, Jones and Silva)
  • 2:30 – 4:30 PM  Session 2-3  (Room A305, Level 3, Building A)  (Implementation of JTF Framework)  (Sonstein, Jones, Calvin-Naylor and Hinkley)

Sun, Apr 17th

  • 8:30 –10:30 AM  Session 3-1 (A301, Level 3, Building A).  (ePortfolios for CRCs)  (Jones, Gladson, Pennington, Pacino)

 

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Annual meeting conducted concurrently with ACRP Global Meeting:

 

 
 
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Annual Meeting

The CoAPCR annual face-to-face meeting was held in April in conjunction with  ACRP's annual meeting in San Antonio, TX. Minutes, presentations, and publications follow:

COAPCR_2014 Annual MeetingMinutes

Teachingpresentation by CJones

Powerpoint Competencies

Clinical Research Competencies

Bi-monthly Meetings

 

 

 
 
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**NEW** From Frontiers in Pharmacology: Core Competencies for pharmaceutical physicians and drug development scientists “Pharmaceutical Medicine Core Competencies

COAPCR_2013 Annual Meeting Agenda

August 2013 Newsletter

 

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August 2012 Newsletter

07Sep2012 Meeting Agenda

07Sep2012 Meeting Minutes

The Journal of Clinical Research Best Practices (November 2012 issue) features COAPCR in an article about “Clinical Research Innovation Initiatives

02Nov2012 Meeting Minutes

Minutes COAPCR 2-1-13(rev)

Coapcr newsletter apr32013

August 2013 Newsletter

 

 
 
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CoAPCR Annual Meeting Newsletter

Publication: Defining Competencies

ACRES Letter

DIA 2012 Workshop on Core Competencies

-  Sonstein- Slides

-  Silva- Slides

-  Jones- Slides and Handout

22Jun2012 Minutes

Treasurer’s Report 2012

 

 
 
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Summer 2011

Minutes Annual Meeting

Agenda 08Sep2011

 

 
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Summer 2010

Minutes Annual Meeting

 

 
 
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Clinical Trials Administrator article - November 2008 issue

Summer 2009

Minutes Annual Meeting

 

 
 
 
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Summer 2008

Minutes Annual Meeting

 

 
 
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Spring 2007

Summer 2007

Treasurer’s Report 2007

Minutes Annual Meeting

Summer 2006

Minutes Annual Meeting

 

 
 
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Spring 2006

Minutes Annual Meeting

 

 
 
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Spring 2005

Consortium represented at NIH Roadmap Workshop

 

 
 
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Formation of Consortium with Support from Drug Information Association

Spring 2004

 

 
 
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