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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.

All questions about contact hours should be directed to the appropriate institutional contact listed above. 

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.

June 11, 2024  Navigating Research Excellence: Applying GCP through Real-World Case Studies
This workshop will review Good Clinical Practice (GCP): what it is, why it’s important, and how following GCP supports best practices and leads to high quality research. Presenters will use real case examples, both good and bad, for discussion and to demonstrate the impact of GCP on research conduct and outcomes.

Kimberly Luebbers, MSHS, RN, BSN, OCN® – University of Vermont
Alexandria Carey, MSN, MBA-HC, RN, CNE, CPEN, CEN – University of Florida
Diana Lee-Chavarria, MA – Medical University of South Carolina
Mary-Tara Roth, RN, MSN, MPH – Boston University Medical Campus/Boston Medical Center


  • Describe GCP and the importance of aligning study operations to practices that are worldwide accepted standards for excellence in research
  • Provide specific examples of how study conduct is aligned with GCP requirements
  • Discuss real-world cases to best understand how to effectively and correctly integrate GCP and best practice standards to the conduct of your research

Level: Skilled

JTF Domains:

  • 4 (Clinical Study Operations (GCP))

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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