Better together: Preparing for the CIP with support

by Andy Burman, PRIM&R Blog Squad member

PRIM&R is pleased to bring you more blog posts from the PRIM&R Blog Squad. The Blog Squad is composed of four PRIM&R members who are devoted to blogging prior to, during, and after the 2010 Advancing Ethical Research Conference.

I have a confession to make.

I took the 2010 Certification Examination for IRB Professionals. I failed the 2010 Certification Examination for IRB Professionals.

The whole process has felt lonely to me. I studied for hours and hours in earnest by myself, I took the pre-test by myself, I freaked out about the poor results on my pre-test by myself, I scrambled to study harder In preparation for the exam by myself, I drove 45 minutes to the nearest testing center by myself, I took the four-hour, 250-question exam, sharing the room with folks coming and going taking their 15-minute examinations on topics like grain bin safety, by myself. It was easy to feel alone, and while I know there are others out there who share similar experiences. I just didn’t know where to look.

I am very much looking forward to meeting many of you next week at the 2010 Advancing Ethical Research Conference. While much of my focus during the conference will be on the Small Research Institutions Track, I am most looking forward to IRB 101sm: Biomedical Research, the pre-conference program that I am scheduled to attend. It is at these workshops that I hope to learn the valuable information that will help me work toward my goal of passing the 2011 exam and gaining the CIP credential.

If there are other folks like me who plan to sit for the exam in the spring, come find me at the conference. You might see me in my red PRIM&R Blog Squad shirt, so feel free to approach me, and we can talk about how we can help each other prepare. Study groups are an exciting and highly encouraged route, but for those of us not in large institutions or metropolitan areas where a number of people locally are taking the exam, this could be difficult. I’d love to discuss study and support groups that we could set up online, or organized via web conference, that would be beneficial to all of us wanting to pass the exam.

The CIP exam should be difficult. The bar should be, and is, high. But the process of success or failure on the exam doesn’t need to be a lonely one.

See you at the conference!