Date of Award
Restricted Internship Practicum Report
Master of Science
Field of Study
Clinical Research Management
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Dr. Patricia Gwirtz
Purpose: To conduct a descriptive examination of Institutional Review Board (IRB) staff members across the United States.
Objective: To determine a pattern or “type” of individual who is most drawn to working with IRBs and to develop a deeper understanding of the backgrounds and experiences of the IRB staff.
Design: An IRB staff survey was distributed, via e-mail, to medical school IRBs which were grouped according to NIH funding in 2008.
Results: The IRB staff pursued an IRB career because of motivational reasons, and they were able to obtain the job due to their background and skills.
Conclusion: Results suggest there is a difference between amount of NIH funding and highest degree obtained, number of protocols reviewed, and number of full-time employees.
Oglesby, A. E.
"The State of IRB Staff in America" Fort Worth, Tx: University of North Texas Health Science Center;