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Cardiovascular Center for Clinical Research

Education & Training

Research Support Staff Training

The Center for Clinical Studies (CCS) offers education and training to clinical research coordinators, research assistants and administrative research staff throughout the Geisinger Health System. These education and training programs enhance professional growth and ensure that Geisinger investigations are compliant with relevant institutional, state, federal and international regulations, including good clinical practices (GCP).

For further information about CCS education and training programs please contact us.

Good clinical practices are a standard for the design, conduct, performance, monitoring, auditing, recording, analysis and reporting of clinical trials. Good clinical practice helps assure that the results are credible and accurate and that the rights, integrity and confidentiality of the trial subjects are protected. Research support staff training aims to:

  • Promote GCP as outlined by the US Food and Drug Administration and all applicable guidelines.
  • Promote communication between all professionals conducting clinical research.
  • Disseminate constantly-evolving clinical research information.
  • Educate clinical research professionals about the tools and technology available for implementing clinical studies at Geisinger.
  • Familiarize clinical research professionals with Institutional Review Board (IRB) guidelines.

CCS offers Geisinger staff the opportunity to maintain Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) and Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) certification through its regularly scheduled educational offerings.

Investigator Training

Although most clinicians have the necessary formal training in research methods, CCS partners with other Geisinger centers and offices to offer additional education and training opportunities.

  • The Geisinger Center for Health Research has developed a formal 20-session course for 10-15 clinicians who have a strong interest in research but may lack formal training in research methods and study design. Participants are selected based on level of interest and motivation, identification of a mentor, and a commitment to attend. Running during the academic year, the program requires each participant to produce a research paper or poster by the conclusion of the course.
  • To help assure that Geisinger research investigators, IRB members and staff, and other personnel maintain continuing knowledge of, and comply with, their legal and ethical obligations to protect human subjects when conducting research, Geisinger’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) offers IRB research staff orientation and beginning and ongoing training programs covering research review and human research protection. Geisinger’s HRPP office outlines the education requirements regarding course completion and maintains a database of staff who complete training requirements.
  • Geisinger’s Biostatistics and Research Data Core is developing a series of lectures for clinicians, nurses, and employees of Geisinger who have a strong interest in introductory biostatistical methods. These lectures will be offered in succession over a two-month period, and given individually to departments on request. Topics include two-sample comparisons, correlation, linear regression, survival analysis, study design, sample size and power.  The lectures are designed to include many examples highlighting the importance of interpretation of results.