Ali Roskell, a Clinical Trials Systems Specialist at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust writes a blog telling us why she became involved in ACDM and how it benefits her and her colleagues.
I first decided to volunteer on the ACDM when I worked for a pharmaceutical company back in approx. 2002. I had attended the annual conference and had spoken to a number of people who were recruiting for their committees and I really liked the thought of being involved. I joined the newsletter committee, later in approx. 2005, became the Editor/Chair. Being involved in the newsletter meant that I had regular meetings with the members of the committee, and regular contact with the special interest group that provided me with updates on their activities.
At the committee meetings, we decided on specific themes to target, who we could approach for articles as well as the standard content, and approaching the board members for profile articles. On average, I spent 2 hours a month on the newsletter, gaining knowledge of hot topics and key issues, building networks and contact lists. I have been on the newsletter on and off (maternity leaves and sabbaticals) since 2002. I also joined the Conference Committee, primarily with the aim of being a ‘roving reporter’ to ensure that the conference newsletter special was full, to recruit new members to the newsletter committee, and network as much as possible.
Being involved in the ACDM has helped me to keep up to date with current trends which is beneficial for both myself and the academic CTU that I currently work for. I am especially looking forward the new special interest group on academic CTUs as I think that this will be really good for both myself and my colleagues to have a forum where we can exchange ideas and discuss issues.