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Clinical Research Staff Foundations (CRSF)

Program Overview

CRSF is a new centralized training program housed in the Utah Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and available to entry-level clinical research staff across campus. This program is intended to provide a basic education in core clinical research concepts, how those concepts relate to clinical research on campus, and how they relate to the research coordinator role. CRSF will be taught via multiple modalities, including: synchronous classroom lectures taught by an experienced clinical research manager, subject-matter expert guest lecturers, group work, and simulated research scenarios.

When Does the Program Start?

The first 2024 cohort will begin on January 22, 2024. Subsequent cohorts will begin approximately every quarter.

Who is Eligible?

Clinical research staff at the University of Utah who are currently at the Study Coordinator level or below. The program is intended for newer staff or those with a limited background in clinical research. Staff must be at 1.0 FTE.

How long does the program last?

Training will last for 5 weeks in total, on a part-time schedule as follows:


What clinical research topics will be covered?

The curriculum was developed with input from multiple research managers and research education experts across campus.

Topics include: orientation to human subjects research, research ethics, lifecycle of a research project, overview of research types, structure of a research team, compliance, specimen handling, SOPs, informed consent, epic training, data entry & quality, protocol comprehension, IRB, community research, genetics/genomics intro, and career path exploration.

Who is leading this program?

CRSF was developed out of the Clinical Research Support Office and led by Clinical Research Manager Ainsley Snow. Ainsley has 6 years of experience leading research projects and managing research staff at the University of Utah. She will be the main educator for staff enrolled in this program with guest lectures from subject-matter experts.

How much does it cost?

This training is being provided at no cost to departments at this time.

How can I enroll my staff and who do I contact with questions?

Email program manager Ainsley Snow,, to enroll eligible staff members. Cohorts will max out at 6 enrollees, with newer staff being prioritized for enrollment.

Guest Speakers

Event Speaker Date Time
Day in the Life of a Research Coordinator Haddy Bah October 26th 11am-12pm
Clinical Research Compliance Panel CRSO Compliance Team October 30th 11am-12pm
SOP Committee & CRSO Resources Jaci Skidmore November 1st TBD
Clinical Research Data Entry & Quality Randy Madsen November 8th 4-5pm
OnCore & Epic Research CRSO OnCore Training & Support Team November 9th 2-3pm
IRB Emma Tkachuck November 16th 11am-12pm
Research Coordinator Career Path Panel Research Manager Panel November 29th 9:30am
Clinical Research at the UofU Dr. Jamie Dwyer November 30th 11am


All speakers will be presenting at the Zoom link below:

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 694 712 7123
Passcode: 018339


Contact Us

Ainsley Snow
Clinical Research Manager