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Offered monthly, the Research Professionals Network holds a series of peer-led, collaborative workshops. These workshops are focused on topics relevant to research professional staff and are based on the MRCT Joint Task Force for Clinical Trial Competency Framework. Each workshop is led and presented by staff at the collaborating institutions and affiliates and are supported by the Leadership Team.

The workshop series is an inter-institutional effort between four academic institutions and their affiliates with a Leadership Team composed of individuals from each organization. 

Affiliation with one of the collaborating institutions is required and is confirmed through the use of an institutional email on registration. Information about affiliation and to join your institution’s local RPN, please reach out to the listed institutional contact above. 

Research staff at Boston University Medical Campus, Boston Medical Center, or its network affiliates can join their local RPN by completing this form. Questions about the BUMC/BMC local network can be addressed to the CRRO. Research staff at any other institution should reach out to the listed institutional contact above. 

All previous recordings and slides are available in our Workshop Library.

Suggestions for future workshops are always welcome and can be submitted by completing our Training and Education Recommendation Form.

Since the workshops began in 2017, several publications have been written or presented on the RPN Workshops. A full reference list with links as applicable are available in our Publications Library.

Contact Hours UPDATE
All RPN Workshop attendees will receive nursing contact hours prorated based on confirmed actual attendance for each workshop. It is the attendee’s responsibility to ensure that their certification program accepts nursing contact hours. The RPN makes no guarantee of contact hours acceptance for any specific professional organization. All attendees will receive contact hours within 30 days of each workshop.

Credit for this educational programming is provided by the University of Vermont. In support of improving patient care, The Robert Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Academic Year 2023-2024 Workshop Offerings – All Workshops are scheduled for 3-4:30pm
Check back often as information is continuously updated when topics and presenters are confirmed.
Registration forms are available by clicking on the date for each seminar.
Pre-registration is required and a work email must be used to register.
Registration closes 24 hours prior to each workshop.

October 23rd, 2023Multi-Site Studies and sIRB Review
Additional Details to be Announced

Jen Dulin, MS, DVM: IRB Reliance Administrator and Health Network Liaison, University of Vermont Research Protections Office
Erin Gibson, MPH: Associate Director of Research Operations, HEALing Communities Study, Boston Medical Center


  1. Identify when Single IRB Review is required
  2. Better understand the reliance and review process when using Single IRB
  3. Identify whether the Reviewing IRB, Relying Site, or Lead Site is responsible for a particular activity
  4. Understand how to determine ongoing submission requirements

November 29th, 2023Effective Communication
Additional Details to be Announced

December 19th, 2023Onboarding
Additional Details to be Announced

Workshop Definitions
Fundamental: Considered a basic or introductory level. Workshop will include a focus on the basic elements of the topic but might briefly build on more in-depth skills. Individuals at this level are considered to be performing or understanding at an essential or fundamental level. Individuals may require some coaching or supervision for topic-associated task completion.

Skilled: Assumes the audience already has some fundamental knowledge of topic.  Workshop could include a brief review of the basic elements of the topic and build upon that review. Individuals at this level are considered to be performing or understanding roles and tasks independently with a moderate level of expertise of the topic. Individuals are able to independently navigate topic-associated resources and use tools well.

Advanced: Assumes the audience already has some intermediate knowledge of topic. Workshop could include a brief review of the basic elements of the topic but will focus on a more in-depth review of the topic. Individuals at this level are considered to be demonstrating advanced skills and knowledge with the ability to teach, coach, or supervise others. Individuals consistently apply topic-associated critical thinking and problem solving.

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