Information for Research Teams

Professional Development

The Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA)
A nonprofit, charitable and educational membership organization committed to providing education, certification, and networking opportunities to all persons involved in clinical research activities.

Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)
The primary resource for clinical research professionals in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries, and for those in hospital, academic medical centers, and physician office settings.

Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R)
Educational and professional development programs that provide balanced, thorough, and accurate information on the full range of issues surrounding research involving human subjects and animals.

Training and Certifications

CITI Program
Offers content in many curricular areas, which can be combined into a package that fits the needs of each subscriber. CITI program courses include:

  • Animal Care and Use (ACU)
  • Biosafety and Biosecurity (BSS)
  • Export Control (EC)
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
  • Human Subjects Research (HSR)
  • Information Privacy and Security (IPS)
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Dana Farber e-modules

Helpful Tools


Core Competencies for the Clinical Research Professional

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Scientific Concepts and Research Design
Clinical Trials Operations (GCP's)
  • Covers study management and GCP compliance; safety management (AE identification and reporting, post market surveillance, and PV) and handling of investigational product
  • CITI Program
Study and Site Management
  • Includes content required at the site level to run a study (financial and personnel aspects). Includes site and study operations (not encompassing regulatory/GCPs)
  • Quality Management Overview and Tools
Data Management and Informatics
Leadership and Professionalism
Communication and Teamwork
  • Encompasses all elements of communication within the site, between the site and sponsor, CRO and regulators. Understanding of teamwork skill necessary for conducting a clinical trial
  • Effectively Communicating Research