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The Wednesday AccrualNet Post (12-5-12): Experts Among Us

Last Updated: Dec 5, 2012

Who will be the next AccrualNet Guest Expert?  Is it someone you work with?  Is it you?

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Many of you are reading our Monthly Guest Expert Blog Posts. We are grateful that amazing experts like Christine Grady, Carolyn McAuliffe, and Connie Ulrich have taken the time to share their perspective with AccrualNet members. Some of the experts that you see on AccrualNet are famous…at least in our world of clinical trials. And some of our experts are just hardworking folks like you.  This got me thinking about the importance of experts in our professional lives and what it actually takes to be an expert.  Webster’s dictionary defines an expert as “having, involving or displaying special skill or knowledge derived from training or experience.”   Back in the spring, I introduced Dr. Anne Belcher as our Guest Expert for May.  She wrote a compelling post about the importance of bringing spirituality into the discussion of clinical trials.   I first met Anne when, as luck would have it, she turned out to be my academic advisor in graduate school more than 20 years ago.  I knew when I first met Anne that she was something special.  She had years of experience in the clinical trials arena, she had published, she was on Boards, she was sought after as a speaker, and she knew a lot about the use of humor in caring for patients.  She also admitted to making mistakes, learning, making more mistakes, learning some more.   Most importantly, she had knowledge I needed.  Many people can be experts, but what matters is the type of knowledge you need.   What do you need?  Who are the clinical trials accrual experts in your life?  Do you know someone who has the kind of expertise that everyone could benefit from? Who would you like to see in the future as a Guest Expert?  Do you consider yourself an expert in clinical trials accrual?  We are eager to hear from you – especially since you could be next Guest Expert on AccrualNet. To inspire you, we have posted a  selection of popular Guest Expert posts in the Editor's Picks section on AccrualNet.  Looking forward to hearing from you as we are certain there are experts among us!

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