Emergency medicine leadership in industry-sponsored clinical trials

Craig D. Newgard, Sunghye Kim, Carlos A. Camargo

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Objective: To identify and characterize emergency medicine (EM) researchers who, since 1990, have served on a steering committee (SC) or as overall principal investigator (PI) of an industry-sponsored, multicenter clinical trial involving a pharmaceutical or device. Methods: North American EM research directors (RDs) and other prominent EM investigators (for those hospitals without a RD) were identified from eight sources, including the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine RD Interest Group and the Multicenter Airway Research Collaboration (MARC) database. The identified investigators were sent a screening survey requesting information regarding industry-sponsored clinical research at their site. The individual EM investigators identified by this screening survey were then interviewed by telephone (validation survey) to further explore their leadership experience in industry-sponsored clinical trials. Results: Of 153 identified RDs and prominent EM researchers, 138 responded to the screening survey (90% response rate). Eighty-five EM investigators reportedly had served on a SC or as overall PI for an industry-sponsored clinical trial. Of these 85 North American EM investigators, 77 were available for a structured telephone interview (91% response rate). Although 41 (53%) of the investigators confirmed their leadership role, 36 (47%) had not served in either role. Among the 41 confirmed investigators, 19 (25%) had served as a SC member, 10 (13%) had served as overall PI, and 12 (16%) had experience in both roles. Individual responses provided suggestions for pursuing such leadership positions. Conclusions: These data suggest the opportunity to expand EM leadership in industry-sponsored clinical trials and demonstrate the need for validation of reports obtained by a departmental research contact. The suggestions from EM researchers who have attained these leadership roles may provide strategies for investigators interested in pursuing these positions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-174
Number of pages6
JournalAcademic Emergency Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2003


  • Clinical trials
  • Emergency medicine
  • Industry-sponsored trials
  • Leadership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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