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Webinar Follow-Up: Practical and Effective Approaches to Educate IRB Members

By Alexandra Shlimovich, webinar and publications specialist

Recently, PRIM&R hosted a webinar titled Practical and Effective Approaches To Educate IRB Members, which was presented by Mina P. Busch, MS, CCRP, CIP, and Scott Lipkin, DPM, CIP.

Educating institutional review board (IRB) members can be a challenging task. How do you balance finding effective ways to deliver relevant and valuable information with limited time and resources? What are the best methodologies to evaluate the impact of your educational plan? For those responsible for, or involved in educating IRB members, this webinar helped explore these questions and develop a successful IRB member education program.

At the conclusion of the webinar, Ms. Busch and Dr. Lipkin shared additional insight in response to questions from webinar attendees, and we’re pleased to share that with the readers of Ampersand.

1. What recommendations—in addition to those you presented during the webinar—can you share about training IRB chairs and vice chairs?

Scott Lipkin (SL): In addition to what was discussed during the webinar, networking with peers and colleagues at other institutions is an excellent way for IRB chairs and vice chairs to garner educational insight. Attendance at PRIM&R’s annual Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference and participating in the IRB Chair Affinity group can also be effective. As co-chair of the Workshop Didactic Planning Committee for this year’s AER conference, I am proud to announce that, for the first time, the conference will feature a full track dedicated to IRB chairs.

Mina Busch (MB): I would also recommend a webinar that PRIM&R held in 2012, titled A Roadmap to Success for New IRB Chairs.

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