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Research Professionals Network Workshop Series

The Research Professionals Network offers a series of peer-led, collaborative workshops focused on topics relevant to our research professional staff and based in the Joint Task Force for Clinical Trial Competency Framework. Come learn from your colleagues’ expertise and experiences! Workshops are taught by peer staff at BMC/BU Medical Campus, University of Vermont, and University of Florida. Registration is required. You must be a member of your institution’s Research Professionals Network to attend RPN workshops (if you are from BU or BMC it’s easy to become a member… click here! For UF contact Robert Kolb and for UVM contact Kimberly Luebbers).

Are you interested in leading a workshop? Find more information about leading workshops here!


Below is the schedule for the AY 2020-2021 RPN Workshop series. Register for a workshop by following the title link to the Zoom registration page. Note that topics/dates with a star (*) are tentative. We still need peer-leaders for some of these open topics! If you are interested in exploring the possibility of leading or co-leading a workshop, we welcome that! Please view this page and contact Mary-Tara Roth (

Workshops will take place via Zoom. For the security of the session, pre-registration is required. Please note that you must use your institutional/work email to register. If you need an exception to this requirement, please contact Mary-Tara Roth at

Date Title/Topic Presenter(s)
Wed, September 23, 2020, 3:00-4:15 p.m.

Level: Advanced**

How We Can Improve Scientific Communication in Clinical Research Using Cultural Competence: Lessons from the TED Stage

See here for slides and video from past sessions.

Learning Objectives:
1. Distinguish between scientific information versus communication goals
2. Improve research communication techniques for better community engagement
3. Define and discuss cultural competence challenges and solutions in the research framework


Justine Nicholas, MS
University of Florida

Wed, October 21, 2020, 3:00-4:15 p.m.

Level: Advanced**

Qualitative Research Design and Analysis

See here for slides and video from past sessions.

Learning Objectives:

1. To review basic principles of qualitative research
2. To explain how to design and conduct qualitative research from conceptualization to analysis, including barriers and facilitators to remote research
3. To discuss and practice qualitative methods, including data collection, coding, and thematic analysis
4. To review applications and examples of qualitative research in healthcare

Jennifer Sikov, BA
Boston Medical Center
Jessica De Leon, PhD
Florida State University
Mon, November 16, 2020, 3:00-4:15 p.m.

Level: Fundamental

Time Management Best Practices for Clinical Research Staff

See here for slides and video from past sessions.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify projects goals & tasks that are of highest and lowest
2. Develop strategies to align their time and priorities
3. Commit to incorporating the time management strategies that will enhance efficiency, effectiveness, and vitality

Tinuola B. Ajayi, MBBS, MPH
BU Medical Campus
Megan Mariani, MPH
BU Medical Campus
Fri, December 11, 2020, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Level: Advanced

*This session will be 90 minutes.

Remote and E-Consent – Lightening Talks and Group Discussions

See here for slides and video for this session.

This workshop will present real-world case scenarios of use of e-consent in different types of research studies.  It will not follow the usual “workshop” format, but instead will present 8 brief but full “lightening talks” to present a range of examples on e-consent.  A breakout group discussion will follow the cases.

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain remote consent and e-consent
2. Review how to build e-consent in the REDCap platform
3. Present real-world cases of use of e-consent in different types of research studies

Sara Ardren, PA, UVM
Ethan Jones, MPH, UVM
Jung Lee, BS, BU
Darci Miller, MPH, UF
Cindy Montero, MS, CCRC, UF
Hira Shrethsa, MA, BMC
Tonia Toon, BA, CCRP, UF
Mon, January 25, 2021
3:00-4:15pmLevel: Advanced
Electronic Data Capture Systems and Data Management  Best Practices

Registration has ended for this workshop.  See here for slides and video for this session.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe Good Clinical Practice guidance regarding data quality and audit trails
2. Discuss the differences between Source Documents and Case Report Forms
3. Apply ALCOAC-CEA principles to paper and electronic database design
4. Incorporate Quality Assurance into your electronic database design

Jennifer Holmes, CCRP
University of Vermont
Annie Penfield-Cyr, MS
University of Vermont
Wed. February 24, 2021

3 – 4:15pm

Level: Advanced

Conducting Remote Research Study Visits

Registration has ended for this workshop.  See here for slides and video for this session (available soon).

Learning Objectives: 

1. Provide a brief overview of clinical trial research during the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. Identifying best practices for conducting research remotely.
3. Present models and examples for conducting study visits remotely at BMC, UVM, and UF.

Alexa Bragg, BS
Boston Medical Center
Cindy Montero, MS, CCRC
University of Florida
Patricia Lutton, CCRP
University of Vermont
Mon. March 29, 2021

3 – 4:15pm

Level: pending

Developing a Budget for Clinical Research Rebeccah Mercado,
University of Florida
Jessica Howard,
Boston Medical Center
April 2021 GCP Overview and Jeopardy!*
May 2021 Team Science*
June 2021 Lead Site Responsibilities: Monitoring, Oversight, Communications*

**RPN workshops are open to all members. Typically, advanced workshops will begin at a level that assumes attendees have some fundamental knowledge about the topic.
* signifies that the topic/date is tentative.

You can review materials from past workshops here!