The CTSI Translational Workforce Development Program offers the following education and involvement opportunities for clinical research professionals, research coordinators and nurses.
Clinical trials are critical for developing and delivering evidence-based care. Trial success often depends on clinical research professionals’ work as vital members of the research team. Opportunities such as research certification, seminar series, professional associations and online resources help to grow research at UF and make a difference in patients’ lives.
The weekly CTSI email newsletter, Quick Links, provides the latest information on seminars, courses and other events related to translational research. If you’re interested in information specific to clinical-research professionals, email Bob Kolb to join his coordinators’ liststerv.
Amber Bouton, CCRP/CCRC
Clinical research/IRB director in the UF department of medicine, division of surgery
Research Coordinator Certification
Entry-level education for those who wish to become a clinical research coordinator, including health professionals working in nursing, nutrition, respiratory therapy, occupational/ physical therapy or similar allied health fields.
CTSA DIAMOND Portal for education and training
The DIAMOND project is an online educational portal for shared competency-based educational offerings, assessments and training resources for clinical research professionals. It also provides an e-portfolio system for individualized professional development planning.
Research Coordinator online community
The Next National Research Coordinator Consortium (NRCC) provides an ongoing forum for deliberate and meaningful discussions around the multifaceted, expanding role of coordinators among the Clinical and Translational Science Award hubs. Contact Bob Kolb to subscribe to the listserv.
Diversity & Cultural Competence Council (DC3)
Part of the Clinical Research Professionals Advisory Council. This council was established to help UF clinical research professionals become competent communicators and actors in the intersectional areas of diversity and culture. With the clinical research professional and community member in mind, this council seeks to develop opportunities in raising awareness of distinct needs for diversity and inclusion, while identifying and disseminating best-practice information in the UF clinical research community.
- The Clinical Trials Submission Process Manual was created by Jennifer Hosford, a graduate of the Academy of Research Excellence. It’s an incredible tool for both novice and experienced coordinators. If you wish to contact Jennifer, call (352) 273-9173 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Research coordinators are encouraged to consider membership in the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) and Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA). These organizations provide research coordinators with opportunities for professional development and certification. More information about the benefits and costs of membership can be found in this side-by-side comparison.
- Enhancing Clinical Research Professionals’ Training and Qualifications (ECRPTQ): Recommendations for Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training for investigators and study coordinators
- Education and training of clinical and translational study investigators and research coordinators: A competency-based approach
- 9 Tips for Professional Email Communication
- On the new NIH Protection of Human Subjects site, you can find useful information about proposing and conducting NIH extramural research involving human subjects, including policies, regulations, training, resources and updated information on the revised human subject regulation (Common Rule).
- Good Clinical Practices Training:
- NIH – https://gcp.nidatraining.org/
- CITI – CITI:
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- CITI Training
- University of Florida – View Courses
- CITI Good Clinical Practice
- Online Courses offered at my.ufl.edu, Training and Development:
- CTS902- Ethical and Participants Safety Considerations in Clinical Research
- CTS801- PI Responsibility Informed Consent
- If you are involved in research with human subjects, their tissue, data, or medical records, you must complete the following mandatory training requirements. New myIRB studies cannot be submitted unless all required training has been completed and is up-to-date