Wow--a lot of new members this month!! Of the 50 new members, 35 of you are from NCIs Comprehensive Cancer Centers (CCCs)and most of you joined following the NCI Office of Cancer Centers Learning Series webinar on March 21st that featured AccrualNet. We are so glad that you participated in the webinar and joined AccrualNet. We have new members from 19 Cancer Centers. UC Davis gets the prize with 5 new members--including Steve Swaim, Dana Little, and Margie Machovec. If you work in a rural area, you'll want to compare notes with Margie and hear about the model for rural cancer care established at the Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, part of the UC Davis network. Also from academic centers, please welcome Mary Fisher from University of Pittsburgh and Annette Paulsen from UT Southwest.
One of the top areas of interest identified by this month's new members, including Cindy, a manager from Oklahoma, is community outreach. Since many of you share this common interest, you may want to use AccrualNet to 'talk' with each other and get new ideas. What have you used that worked? Or didn't work? You might also be interested to know that you can find many helpful resources on this topic in AccrualNet. Just type 'community outreach' into the search box-- you'll find a nice variety of resources including ideas that were used successfully as part of large prevention trials.
We have a couple of members to 'welcome back'--people who were members on 'old AccrualNet' and found their way to our new site. Welcome Karen Anderson and Barbara Biedrzycki. Karen and Barbara are both AccrualNet Guest Experts. Their posts are timeless--check out "How do you keep participants on long term follow-up?" and "Decision-making regarding clinical trial participation". Karen works for Cancer Research and Biostatistics (CRAB) and she'll have some AccrualNet goodies to share with attendees at the upcoming SWOG meeting. And stay tuned, as you'll be hearing more about Barbara and an exciting new feature on AccrualNet!
And welcome to a fellow 'blogger' and someone who has her finger on the pulse of social media use for recruitment, Rahlyn Gossen. You may have heard Rahlyn speak on the recent webinar, 'The Why and How of Social Media for Clinical Trial Professionals'.
And finally we welcome an NCI colleague, Dr. Farzana Walcott, a post-doctoral fellow at the NCI who found some great resources on chemoprevention trials.
Welcome everyone! We are delighted that you're here. We hope that you'll take a moment, add to the conversation and participate fully in our community of practice here on AccrualNet!
The AccrualNet Team: Linda, Ellen, Annette, Sona, Harry, Cassie and Katherine