We seek talented, experienced physicians (MD, DO) and mid-level practitioners (NP, PA, PharmD) licensed to practice medicine in West Texas and New Mexico, to become clinical trial investigators!

Here are some compelling reasons to add clinical research to an existing outpatient medical practice:

  • Offer cutting-edge, life-saving treatment options.
  • Earn additional revenue.
  • Improve health outcomes and quality of care.
  • Increased practice visibility, reputation and referrals.
  • Recruit and retain talent.

What is the role of a clinical trial principal investigator (PI)?

A clinical investigator 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 subjects, and contribute knowledge to their area of expertise.

NEW Investigator Training and Coaching

The MCA’s NEW Investigator Training program offers you the opportunity to gain entry level clinical research knowledge and the clinical research coaching you will need to set up a successful research site and get started as an investigator.

Using a blended learning approach, the MCA Clinical Trial Academy (CTA) program sponsored by BMS and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) combines eLearning with virtual instructor led sessions held on Fridays afternoons 1X/month for 1.5 hours per session. Our instructor pool is comprised of seasoned local and national clinical research professionals with over 20 years of experience in the field to impart and tie together book learning to the reality on the ground and will focus on clinical research in real life! Specifically, rather than a didactic lecture, instructor-led sessions offer practical advice around key clinical research questions, tools, trends, case examples, business strategy, and tricks of the trade (click here for more information including training schedule).

Who Should Apply?
• Must be a licensed physician (MD, DO), PharmD, or advanced practitioner (NP, PA) practicing medicine in West Texas or Southern New Mexico.
• PhD’s with healthcare experience and focus.
• Candidates must reside in West Texas and Southern New Mexico.

Certificate:
•Certificates will be provided following the completion of (9) ACRP e-Learning modules and upon attending eight (8) virtual instructor-led coaching sessions.

Begin Your Clinical Trial Investigation Career Today! Space is Limited.

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PI Competency Domains & Guidelines

The ACRP’s Functional Competency Guidelines for Principle and Sub Investigators provide a framework for the knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary to effectively perform the role of a PI. Clinical trial sites should also familiarize themselves with the new Competency Domains for Clinical Research Professionals. These 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.

Clinical Research Certification

PI certification can be attained through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).

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Laura Herrera

Western Sky Medical Research

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Western Sky Medical Research

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Egality Sciences, LLC

Allen Savedra

ICON Strategic Solutions

Wenoah Veikley

AXCES Research & Health

FAQs

What is the role of a clinical trial investigator?

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.

What is the proposed training schedule and timeline for this program? Who are the experienced physician investigator coaches for this program?

Do I need prior experience as an investigator?

No previous experience as an investigator is needed to qualify.

How do I enter the field?

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)

What types of clinics does the MCA’s Clinical Trial Academy support?

Although designed primarily to serve independently owned outpatient clinics this program can also support many other types of outpatient clinics per your request including:

  • Specialty Clinics
  • Federally Qualified Health Clinics (FQHCs)
  • Academic Medical Centers
  • Free-Standing Research Sites
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Healthcare Plans
How do I advance?

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:

PI Competency Domains & Guidelines

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.

Certification

The following certifications are available for principal investigators:
Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)- PI Certification

Professional Associations

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

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