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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.

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 January 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 will be accessible beginning September 30, or upon hire for new employees. The in-person component will be hosted quarterly, with the first cohort meeting Monday, October 7 – Friday, October 11 from 1:00pm to 4:15pm daily. Registration is available here. Future sessions will be advertised in the coming months.