Training Program Title

Clinical Trial Monitoring Module

CTSA Hub Administered


Contact Information

Amelia Spinrad

Regulatory Knowledge Support Administrator

(323) 442-1598

Training Program Description

Study monitoring is an essential and routine quality function in industry-sponsored trials. However, access to high quality study monitoring is often lacking in investigator-initiated trials conducted in academic medical centers. Indeed, two separate surveys of research professionals in Southern Calfornia revealed that only about 65% reported a monitoring in their investigator-initiated trials. Similar results were found at poll of attendees at a national ACRP meeting and TIN online forum. Findings from literature and web-based searches revealed that although numerous GCP training resources seem to be available, most are not readily accessible because they often require fees or institutional affiliations. Moreover, trainings often lack the practical approaches to meet the complex requirements of monitoring. Many academic, government and private institutions have voiced an interest in accessible tools that can help to ensure quality management in clinical trials.

This new training module includes templates for study monitoring plans and reports, as well as SOPs and checklists for conducting monitoring visits. It is the first of a trio of resources for ensuring quality of clinical trials. Future modules will include "Auditing of a Clinical Trial Site" and "Site Readiness for an FDA Inspection."

Competency Keywords

Monitoring, Quality assurance



Cost to Access


Competency Domains

Clinical Trials Operations; Study and Site Management

Delivery Method


Target Learners

Principal Investigators; Clinical Research Professionals (other than PI); MDs including residents, house officers, fellows, hospitalists; Undergraduate, graduate or professional degree students; Post-doctoral scholars

Learning Level





On demand

Associated Assessment