Research Coordinator Network Positions
New CARRA Steering Committee Positions: Research Coordinator Network (RCN) Chair and Vice Chair
CARRA recognizes that success of CARRA research studies, including the Registry, sub-studies and clinical trials, is of critical importance to not only achieving CARRA’s mission but also to sustaining the organization. CARRA also recognizes that experienced well-trained research coordinators are crucial to site performance and highly values input from research coordinators in all aspects of research operations.
The Steering Committee has approved a reorganization of the coordinator network in an effort to improve research engagement across sites and to align these efforts with the current goals of the CARRA organization. The restructure dissolves the current Steering Committee roles of Chair and Vice Chair of the Research Coordinator Advisory Committee (RCAC) as of 6/30/19. New coordinator leadership roles will be elected by the Research Coordinator members of CARRA to serve on the Steering Committee and represent the entirety of the CARRA coordinator network: Chair and Vice Chair of the CARRA Research Coordinator Network (RCN).
Important Information for Individuals Interested in Running for RCN Chair and Vice Chair and for those wanting to Nominate Individuals for these roles
Coordinator Steering Committee representatives should be research coordinators active in the CARRA Registry and other current CARRA studies and have experience, knowledge and expertise in the areas of regulatory requirements, patient recruitment and follow-up, data collection and entry, and participation in the CARRA Registry and sub-studies. The RCN Chair and Vice Chair are expected to be knowledgeable about the CARRA Registry and have successful experience participating in the CARRA Registry, including operations such as consenting patients, collecting and entering data, and patient follow-up. They are expected to lead by example and come from sites that have successfully enrolled patients on a regular basis in the Registry, are up to date on data entry and regulatory requirements, maintain open and effective communication with CARRA leadership and DCRI, are responsive to data queries and actively work to ensure data entry is complete and clean, as well as participate in sample collection and the majority of CARRA studies. Research Coordinator Network leaders are expected to utilize their knowledge, expertise, and experience to evaluate and provide recommendations for improving existing site training materials. The RROC recommends that the primary goals of the coordinator leaders include the development and maintenance of a strong network of well-trained CARRA Research Coordinators and representation of the CARRA Research Coordinator voice on the Steering Committee.
Furthermore, the Coordinator Chair and Vice Chair of the CARRA Steering Committee will:
- Represent all CARRA research coordinators, not just the Research Coordinator Advisory Committee (RCAC),
- Be Chair/Vice Chair of the CARRA Research Coordinator Network,
- Be elected by the research coordinator members of CARRA.
Qualifications/eligibility for Chair and Vice Chair of the CARRA Research Coordinator Network (must maintain eligibility throughout Steering Committee term):
- Currently serving as a study coordinator for the Registry or a Registry-based CARRA study at his/her site,
- Well versed and experienced in the CARRA Registry and active sub-studies,
- Have institutional support/protected time to serve in this capacity,
- Have a minimum of 2 years’ experience as a research coordinator and a minimum of 6 months of experience as a coordinator for the CARRA Registry or a Registry-based CARRA study,
- Actively recruiting, consenting, enrolling and following participants for the CARRA Registry and other CARRA studies,
- Participating in biosample collection,
- Enrolling new patients into CARRA studies on a regular basis (for the CARRA Registry, this is defined as a minimum of one new subject enrolled per month),
- Up to date on data entry and regulatory requirements for all CARRA studies that the coordinator is staffing,
- Attending/Participating in DCRI CARRA Registry Site Calls,
- Responsive to CARRA and DCRI queries and communications, participating in DCRI-led CARRA Registry site calls