Clinical Research Program in the Spotlight at National Conference

Our Clinical Research program was a major sponsor of the 2018 Association of Clinical Research Professionals’ (ACRP) 2018 annual conference, taking the lead with the WiFi and App sponsorship along with the Meet Your Match game sponsorship.

“The sponsorships allowed our program to be prominently featured during the entire conference. We benefited greatly from the national exposure to clinical research professionals who may be interested in pursuing a master’s degree. It proved we are ready to help them accomplish their educational and professional goals with our 100% online program,” said Bill Pickard, chair of the Clinical Research department.

Dr. Charles Carter, associate professor of Clinical Research, continued, “The ACRP Annual Conference was an exceptional event. It provided an opportunity for the Department of Clinical Research to demonstrate its leadership, knowledge, and talent from the perspectives of our faculty, staff, and several of our students. Around every corner Campbell was showcased and discussed, and our students had first-hand engagement with employers.”

A contingent of 10 clinical research students traveled with department faculty and staff to the conference, which was held in National Harbor, Maryland. They attended presentations, met with exhibitors and potential employers, interacted with the other conference attendees as well as the faculty and staff in a professional, outside-of-the-classroom setting.

“Attending the ACRP conference was an experience I will never forget,” said Emilee Evans, BSCR ’18 Candidate. “I was honored and humbled to have had the opportunity to attend as an undergraduate student. The new advances in clinical research, as well as the passions of those currently in the field, are truly inspiring. It is opportunities such as this that help enlighten and fuel the young minds of future health care providers like myself. The world of clinical research is forever changing and being able to attend the ACRP conference has given me even more excitement to learn about the new advances to come.”

Two of our faculty were presenters at the national conference. Dr. Carter, with a colleague from Ohio State University, gave a presentation titled “Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Alongside Clinical Trials: A Primer” and Dr. Mike Jiroutek conducted a half-day workshop entitled “Statistics for Clinical Researchers: How to Speak the Most Important Language in the Information Age.”

Kate Eberle, Clinical Research Program Coordinator, and Kimberly Whitted, CPHS Director of Admissions, were stationed at the Meet Your Match game booth where they greeted attendees and provided more than 1,000 game participants with information about our program. They even took photos of the “matches” on a custom background with our Clinical Research logo so that the photos could be shared on social media.

The department also had four custom videos sent through push notifications to all conference attendees and, in what was perhaps the best promotion of the event, the name of our program was the WiFi password.

It was a great event and the program hopes to reap the benefits of participation for a long time to come.