2015 Webinar: Practical and Effective Approaches To Educate IRB Members

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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.

An IRB is a group of individuals formally designated to review and monitor research involving human subjects to ensure that the rights and welfare of human research participants are protected in accordance with federal regulations. In addition to attending IRB meetings, the responsibilities and obligations of IRB members may include: performing review functions for new and continuing research; reviewing modifications to IRB-approved research; applying regulations and ethical principles to specific protocols; and maintaining awareness of trends and developments in protection requirements.

Providing IRB members with a solid knowledge base through proper training and education is vital to ensure they can perform the tasks associated with their roles in human subjects protections. During this webinar, presenters:

  • Discussed challenges faced in building an education plan for IRB members 
  • Explored opportunities to educate IRB members when internal resources are limited
  • Recommended methodologies to evaluate the effectiveness of an IRB member education program

What Will I Learn?

By the end of this basic webinar, participants were able to:

  • Incorporate effective methods to provide education to IRB members
  • Determine appropriate topics and content for IRB member training

Who Should Attend?

IRB chairs, members, administrators, and staff; institutional officials; and research and regulatory educators will benefit from attending this webinar.


Mina P. Busch, MS, CCRP, CIP, is the office of research compliance and regulatory affairs education consultant at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). She has been involved with clinical research for approximately 10 years (in educational capacity), and has developed and is faculty on several training programs for clinical researchers and the CCHMC IRB.  

Ms. Busch has presented educational topics and/or posters at PRIM&R's annual Advancing Ethical Research Conference in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014. She is a member of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative’s Developer Group, where she has contributed to the Good Clinical Practices (GCP), Stem Cell Research, and Biosafety curricula. She is also part of the Clinical and Translational Science Award’s “Enhancing Clinical Research Professionals’ Training and Qualifications” GCP training project. Ms. Busch holds an MS in education from the University of Dayton and a BS in business administration from the University of Cincinnati.

Scott Lipkin, DPM, CIP, is a managing director at FTI Consulting, working in the health solutions practice and in the research and compliance group. Prior to joining FTI, Dr. Lipkin served as a member of the medical staff of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) for 25 years, where he served as chief of the division of podiatric surgery for 10 years. He obtained certification with the American Board of Podiatric Surgery in 1992 and has participated as principal or sub-investigator on 14 clinical trials related to diabetic foot wounds and wound healing over a period of 15 years. Dr. Lipkin has more than 25 years of experience as a clinician and has worked in the human research protection field for more than 20 years, serving as an IRB member, IRB chair, and HRPP director. He led LVHN through the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), Inc., accreditation process in 2008. Dr. Lipkin served as an AAHRPP site visitor since 2008, and a member of the AAHRPP Council of Accreditation from 2010 to 2014. In 2010, Dr. Lipkin transitioned from his clinical practice to a full-time administrative role as chief of research at LVHN, where he was responsible for the oversight of all clinical research operations throughout the LVHN system. Dr. Lipkin holds his DPM degree from Temple University and a BS in biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Certificates of Attendance

Certificates of attendance will be made available at the conclusion of the webinar. To access the certificate, you must first complete the online evaluation. Such certificates are useful for obtaining continuing education (CE) credits (not Continuing Medical Education credits) from professional associations. Note that guidelines concerning CE credits may differ, and you should consult the appropriate professional association representative for further guidance.

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CE Credit for Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) Recertification
Webinar participants holding the CIP® credential who wish to apply credits from this webinar toward CIP® recertification may submit the Certificate of Attendance they received upon completing the online evaluation as documentation of their participation. Participation in this 90-minute webinar counts as 1.5 CE credit hours.

For recertification by CE, CIPs must complete 30 documented hours of continuing education. At least 15 of the 30 hours must either carry credits issued by a recognized accrediting body or have received advanced recognition from the Council for Certification of IRB Professionals (CCIP). Credits from PRIM&R webinars have received such advance recognition, and may be counted towards these 15 hours. 

Additional information about CIP® recertification can be found here

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