Our 3rd WVCTN Coordinator Meeting went on the road on September 9th, 2016 and took place at United Hospital Center (UHC) in Bridgeport, WV. Participants pictured below include Beverly (St. Mary’s Medical Center,) Renee (Camden Clark Medical Center,) Nancy (United Hospital Center,) Sue (Berkeley Medical Center,) Karen and Carla (Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center) along with WVCTN Executive Director Anne Ness. Rhonda (Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center) also attended but was not available for the photo.
There were a total of seven sessions throughout the day presented by Anne Ness, Executive Director, Yvonne Shaw, Research Network Coordinator and guest speaker, Karen Stauffer. Each session dealt with a different aspect of the daily running of a clinic trial at a network facility. Karen, MBRCC Quality Assurance Specialist, gave a presentation on the identification and correct reporting of Serious Adverse Events for cooperative group and industry sponsored trials. Federal and local regulations were discussed and questions and experiences were shared between the Research Coordinators.
After lunch, host Research Coordinator, Nancy, took the group on a tour of UHC Cancer Center. The center is currently undergoing renovation to improve the flow and functionality for patients and staff. The tour gave all the visiting nurses the opportunity to see the flow and layout of another site, and to compare notes.
The afternoon included a “Train the Trainer” session, led by Yvonne. This key session focused on how to enable the Research Coordinators to talk with their patients and other members of the public about clinical trials and what they involve. The aim of this education is to encourage engagement and participation in clinical trials. One of the main topics included in the training was dispelling some of the myths that surround clinical trials and the role of patient participants. Education tools that will be shared with sites in the future were put to the test, and discussion followed on how best to adapt these tools for our local population.
Many thanks to United Hospital Center for their hospitality in hosting the WVCTN network members.