Here are some compelling reasons to add clinical research to an existing outpatient medical practice:
A clinical investigator, typically, is responsible for the planning and execution of a clinical study. The investigator is also expected to conduct ethical research, protect the rights of human participants, and contribute knowledge to their area of specialty.
Before taking on any trials, physicians and mid-tier practitioners (NPs, PAs, PharmDs) must complete specialized Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training. Sponsored by Bristol Myers Squibb’s Organization for Latino Achievement (OLA) and in partnership with the Association For Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), the MCA’s Clinical Trial Academy program offers physicians 24/7 online access to high-quality investigator training on-demand, and at your own pace at no cost. For more information, see the course outline below:
Who should apply?
-Now accepting applications.
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Physicians (MD, DO) and mid-level practitioners (NP, PA, PharmD) are also invited and encouraged to register for a 3-hour coaching seminar(s) with experienced local investigators to review ACRP course content and get their questions answered. For more information, see the coaching session outline below:
Coaching Session Description
Who should register?
Individuals participating in ACRP’s Investigator Training offered via this program.
Applications are currently being accepted and the schedule will be posted once renewed funding has been approved.
A clinical investigator, typically, is a licensed physician (MD, DO) responsible for the planning and execution of a clinical study. The investigator is also expected to conduct ethical research, protect the rights of human participants, and contribute knowledge to their area of specialty–– new medical therapies or alternative treatments.
No previous experience as an investigator is needed to qualify.
As a physician (MD, DO) or mid-level practitioner (PharmD, NP, PA) with the credentials and license to practice medicine. Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Physician Investigator (PI) training required by the FDA to get started can be accessed at no cost via the following link: Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Although designed primarily to serve independently owned outpatient clinics this program can also support many other types of outpatient clinics per your request including:
You can obtain an academic degree and certification in clinical research/ medicine development (MS, PhD). There are also several professional associations that offer training, resources, and networking avenues to serve the needs of research professionals at multiple stages of their career:
The following core PI competency guidelines provide a framework for the knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary to perform the PI role effectively. Clinical trial sites should also familiarize themselves with the new competency domains for clinical research professionals. The clinical research professional competency domains were developed by the Joint Task Force for Clinical Trial Competency in collaboration with ACRP to promote the quality and standardization of the research profession and to ensure clinical research professionals receive the training they need to be successful.
The following certifications are available for principal investigators:
Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)- PI Certification
FDA Training Resources Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Academy of Physicians in Clinical Research (APCR)
Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)
Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA)
Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS)
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program *CITI is free for TTUHSC, BCOMM, UTEP