Date of Award

Winter 12-2009

Degree Type

Restricted Internship Practicum Report

Degree Name

Master of Science

Field of Study

Clinical Research Management

Department

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. Patricia Gwirtz

Abstract

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.

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