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Risky Business: Impact of a Risk-Based, Study-Specific Training Program on Research Coordinator Competency in an Emergency Department Setting

This session will describe three important steps to assure RC competency in study procedures at the beginning of a trial: risk assessment, development of a competency based training program, and implementation of that program. Participants will gain an understanding of how to conduct a risk assessment for a clinical trial. They will also learn how to develop and implement this type of program for their studies in order to help increase study procedure awareness and CRC competence. Take-aways will include a training checklist template that can be applied to clinical trial study start-up and a toolkit describing our program.


  • Melissa Metheney, BS, RN, CCRC, Project Manager, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah

  • Jessica Saunders, MACPR, Research Project Manager, Nationwide Children's Hospital

  • Sally Jo Zuspan, RN, MSN, Director of Research for Data Coordinating Center, University of Utah