The DIAMOND Portal

October 15, 2018

By: Carolynn Thomas Jones

To address the need for a well-prepared, competent workforce, the National Center for Clinical and Translational Science (NCATS) has funded a grant entitled “Development, Implementation, and Assessment of Novel Training in Domain-based Competencies” (DIAMOND).  This grant has four multi-PIs at University of Michigan, The Ohio State University, Tufts University and University of Rochester, and is a continuation of earlier work funded by NCATS called “Enhancing Clinical Research Professionals’ Training and Qualifications (ECRPTQ)” (1).  These two projects have both embraced the JTF Clinical Trial Competencies, including applications of the competency domains beyond clinical trials to include social and behavioral clinical research.  Individuals from the Joint Task Force were highly involved in workgroups for ECRPTQ (Stephen Sonstein, Carolynn Jones and Jonathan Seltzer, and in DIAMOND (Carolynn Jones) serves as mPI and Stephen Sonstein serves as an Advisory Board Member.

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JTF Core Competency Framework Actively Promoted Through Association Of Clinical Research Professionals In Mexico (APEIC)

October 15, 2018

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals in Mexico (APEIC) is actively promoting the JTF Core Competency Framework among local clinical research professionals and the different local associations.  Academic sessions based upon the JTF domains are being presented at monthly meetings and a professional certification program based upon the core competencies is being developed targeting APEIC associates.  The JTF Competency Domain “wheel” has been translated into Spanish and is now used in all APEIC public messages (more…)

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JTF Presentations At 19th Annual Conference Of Pharmaceutical Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

October 15, 2018

On September 28, 2018,  JTF members, Honorio Silva and Stephen Sonstein took part in a symposium, “Education in Pharmaceutical Medicine and Clinical Research” as part of the 19th International Conference of Pharmaceutical Medicine in Tokyo, Japan.  The symposium presentations discussed the progress made in defining core competencies for medicines development and clinical research, described the educational needs of drug development scientists and clinical research professionals, and described initiatives for accreditation of academic programs and certification of clinical research professionals.  The overheads from the three presentations are presented below:

Joint Task Force for Clinical Trial Competency

International Perception of Competence – Needs for Clinical Research Education

Accreditation of Academic Programs in Clinical Research

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First Academic Program In Clinical Research Accredited

October 01, 2018

At its Board meeting in September, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) voted unanimously to fully accredit the Arizona State University (ASU) Clinical Research Management Programs.  This is a major step forward in the recognition of Clinical Research as an academic discipline.  CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in the US and internationally.  (more…)

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