How Duke is Modernizing the Clinical Research Workforce

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Rebecca Brouwer, Denise Snyder

Rebecca Brouwer, Denise Snyder

A team of Duke authors, including lead author Rebecca Brouwer and senior author Denise Snyder, have been selected to receive the Rod Rose Award for best article in the Journal of Research Administration, 2017.

Their paper, “Using Competencies to Transform Clinical Research Job Classifications,” describes a four-year collaborative initiative to modernize the world of clinical research professionals at Duke, involving people from Duke Clinincal & Transational Science Institute (CTSI), the Duke School of Medicine, the Duke Office of Clinical Research (DOCR), Duke Compensation, School of Medicine Human Resources and other groups. Some funding to support the work within DOCR came from the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA).

Brouwer, who is the Director of the Duke Office of Research Initiatives, describes the problem that Duke, and many other academic medical centers, were facing: “Job responsibilities and roles in clinical research have changed a lot in the past twenty years, but the way we classify those jobs had not.

“There was no consistent framework, and without a lot of digging, it was hard to know who had clinical research responsibilities. It was difficult for many people to get promoted or advance in their careers, and the number of titles held by research professionals at Duke had become unmanageable.”

Read complete article on the CTSI Blog