BCCRIN Professional Development Task Force Objectives





Measuring Success

  1. Increase professional development opportunities and access to opportunities for clinical research professionals.  Programs must be:
    • Supported
    • Minimal cost
    • Accessible
    • Relevant
    • Time Efficient
  • Conduct an environmental scan on current training opportunities within BC. Develop plan to address the gaps.
  • Collaborate with organizations such as N2 and Rx&D to work towards achieving a nationally accepted GCP training certificate.
  • Explore and work to resolve the impediments to securing professional development time.
  • Develop and implement a web based platform to serve as a resource centre and delivery mechanism for professional development opportunities.
  • Develop and implement a strategy to utilize social media to keep subscribers informed, e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter account.
  • Annual BCCRIN Conference to provide local training opportunity and showcase BC expertise. Celebrate successes.
  • TBD
  • Project Manager / assistant





  • Financial
  • Practical plan to address the gaps.
  • GCP program that is qualified by ‘X’ pharma companies.
  • Culture shift.
  • Participation rate of “X” for conference.
  1. Implement a mentorship program for clinical research professionals to foster career development.
  • Conduct an assessment of current mentorship programs including WITS, MHI, ECRIN / UK
  • Develop plan for implementation in BC. Identifying potential mentors, establishing criteria etc. Help new research team members learn how to navigate the complex and confusing clinical research landscape e.g. first 100 days training programs.
  • Develop role profiles for key clinical research team members; specify minimum qualifications and recommended training path e.g. Clinical Research Coordinator, Principal Investigator, Project Manager.
  • TBD
  • Project Manager / assistant
  • Set targets for numbers of personnel enrolling in and completing program as well as for mentors signing on to participate.
  • Role profiles accepted by BCCRIN constituents.


  1. Increase the number of certified clinical research personnel in BC, coordinators and investigators.
  • Conduct a baseline scan of current number of certified personnel in BC. Set targets for increasing numbers.
  • Work with SoCRA and ACRPon the development of an institutional alliance program to facilitate certification.
  • Complete


  • Dec 2012
  • Project Manager / assistant
  • Financial
  • Achieve an increase in number of certified CRCs and PIs – define # for year 1 etc.
  1. Increase the business acumen of clinical trials site personnel to foster more accurate feasibility assessments of clinical trial opportunities and corresponding budget development.
  • Identify and assess existing training programs or procure development of new program, collaborating with pharma partners, if appropriate.
  • Identify and acquire or develop financial management and budgeting modules.
  • TBD
  • Project Manager / assistant
  • Financial
  • Training program that meets the needs of BCCRIN constituents; is SMART.
  1. Work to increase public awareness of clinical research.
  • Collaborate with national organizations such as CIHR and N2 to develop a communications strategy to inform the public.
  • Utilize available resources such as CISCRP to provide public education resources.
  • Provide links to resources on BCCRIN website.
  • Promote development of community outreach programs to educate public and foster acceptance of clinical research.
  • 2012
  • Project Manager



  • Financial
  • Public education strategy, ultimately leading to increased