Research for PAMF Clinicians
Being able to simultaneously experience the rewards of practicing hands-on medicine and the intellectual challenge of sophisticated clinical research is one of the advantages Palo Alto Medical Foundation clinicians enjoy. Through the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) the advantages of both an academic and a professional career are open to them.
Physicians and other clinicians who have worked with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Research Institute (PAMFRI) tell us that they find participating in research professionally rewarding in many ways, including becoming better caregivers by making them attuned to the latest treatments and encouraging them to think more creatively.
Whether you have a specific question or interest you’d like to investigate, or merely want to know if there are any research opportunities relevant to your practice, PAMFRI is pleased to hear from all its PAMF clinical colleagues.
How to do Research
PAMFRI studies and clinical trial usually begin as a proposal by a PAMF clinician, a PAMFRI researcher/investigator or or an outside organization. Typically, trials aim to test an experimental medication or medical device, find new uses for old therapies or analyze innovative strategies for doctor-patient interaction.
All clinical research studies must have a PAMF clinician as a principal investigator. For studies originating outside PAMF, PAMFRI coordinates the matching of interested PAMF physicians.
Steps to starting a research study:
- If you are interested in conducting clinical research, please email Diana Hill, R.N., Manager of Clinical Research at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 650-853-5757. She can help connect with you resources, such as information about research proposals from outside organizations that may match your interests, funding opportunities and/or contacts within PAMFRI research clusters that can help you advance your investigation.
- Because PAMFRI adheres strictly to the highest standards for clinical research, the next step is completing a set of paperwork to disclose any potential conflicts of interest. You may also be asked to attend training on conflicts of interest. Details and forms are posted under our Scientific Policy and our Financial Conflicts of Interest in Research Policy.
- Studies must receive approval from PAMF's Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB ensures that all research meets federal and state standards, protects the rights and safety of human subjects, and meets PAMF's own quality criteria. The average time from proposal to IRB approval is approximately one month. An experienced research nurse will help shepherd the study through this process.
- If approved by the IRB, a research coordinator will next help in recruiting patients to participate. He or she will also help monitor patients throughout the study and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, including patient privacy protections.
- Depending on what is being studied, trials may run weeks, months or years. At the conclusion of the trial, PAMFRI can work with you on reporting the findings from the research.