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CREW Program

UMMC, in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic and Pennsylvania State University, is excited to announce the newly-established Clinical Research Education for the Workforce (CREW) program.

What is CREW?

Modeled after Mayo Clinic’s training program, CREW is UMMC’s first institutional training and development program specifically for employees serving as Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs), regardless of title. The 40-hour, certificate program includes 20 hours of foundational, online training and 5 half-day, in-person, educational sessions.

Made possible by NIH grant 3UL1TR002014-03S2, the program is free to all UMMC faculty and staff and features:

  • An overview of clinical research processes and study protocols;
  • Training on screening, consenting and recruitment;
  • Information on IRB and Ancillary Committee submission and reviews;
  • Regulatory requirements;
  • Good Clinical Practice;
  • UMMC-specific procedures and requirements;
  • Teamwork and communication; and
  • Pathways to career growth.

Registrants should first complete the pre-test in HealthStream, followed by the online course components, which must be completed prior to the in-person component. After the in-person component, a post-test is required.

CREW workflow graphic - pre-test (upon registration), online courses (prior to in-person training), in-person training, and post-test (after in-person training).

Pre-test and online course information

The pre-test, online HealthStream courses, and post-test will be assigned after registration, except as noted below. All applicable CITI courses must be completed as well. An online course listing can be found below:

List of online courses required by the CREW program

Course NameLocationStatus
Introduction to Clinical Trials (ACRP)HealthStreamNot assigned
Office of Clinical Trials: Clinical Research Contracting and FinancialsHealthStreamAssigned by the OCT
Institutional BioSafety Committee: IBC Submissions and Lab PracticesHealthStreamAssigned by the OCT
Human Research Office: IRB Submissions and Human Research ProtectionsHealthStreamAssigned by the OCT
Research Analytics: Using the CIA Tools for ResearchHealthStreamAssigned by the OCT
UMMC Clinical Research OverviewHealthStreamAssigned by the OCT
Clinical Trials Process OverviewHealthStreamAssigned by the OCT
Communication Strategies HealthStreamNot assigned
Customer Satisfaction in HealthcareHealthStreamNot assigned
GCP and Ethics in Clinical ResearchHealthStreamAssigned by the OCT
IBC Biosafety TrainingHealthStreamNot assigned

Who should participate in CREW?

All faculty and staff interested in expanding their clinical research knowledge are welcome to attend.

  • New employees functioning as Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) - those working directly with research participants or supporting clinical research studies through data entry, data management, or regulatory support - will be required to complete the program within3 months of hire or during the first available session. “New” employees shall be defined as those joining UMMC since Jan. 1, 2019, or who began in a CRC role at UMMC since that time.
  • Current employees functioning as CRCs, regardless of title, are required to complete the program by September 2020. Current employees, however, may request an exemption if they have CCRP or CCRC certification, OR receive a passing score on the CREW competency test. Waivers will not be granted for employees new to the CRC role at UMMC.

When and where is CREW available?

The online portion of the program is accessible via HealthStream as outlined above. The in-person component will be hosted quarterly. Registration is available here  (external site). Future sessions include:

  • June 15 - 16, 2020

For CREW questions, email John "Kyle" Bennett  or call (601) 815-5019.