The BRIDG modeling team works under the guidance of the BRIDG Steering Committee to bring new semantics into the BRIDG Model by working with project teams to harmonize their models into BRIDG. Project teams often bring subject matter experts into this process to help clarify the domain view of the concepts. However, sometimes project-level subject matter experts are unavailable, or an issue comes up after the project is complete and the team has disbanded, or a BRIDG user submits a feature request that needs vetting by the community. This often leaves the BR&R WG with no subject matter experts with whom to discuss the domain semantics.
To meet this need, the BRIDG modeling team has initiated an informal group of domain experts with various areas of expertise. We reach out to these domain experts with specific questions on an as-needed basis. These discussions mainly take place through email communications.
If you are a subject matter expert in some specific areas of clinical research and would like to influence and contribute to the development of the BRIDG Model, the BRIDG modelers would welcome your involvement in volunteering for this effort. The areas of expertise that we seek include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Clinical Research Associates (CRAs),
- Research Nurses,
- Data Managers,
- Protocol Writers,
- Protocol Coordinators,
- Regulatory Compliance Officers, and
- FDA Reviewers
We will only contact members of this group who have the expertise related to the subject in question and the members don’t need experience in modeling. We will usually limit the interaction to email, with occasional conference calls if warranted by the complexity of the problem or the diversity of opinions expressed in email. We may occasionally ask the experts to reach into their network of colleagues to find answers or build consensus. The time commitment is not expected to exceed 5 hours per month, often less, and would be on a volunteer basis. We ask for a 1 or 2 year commitment and will rotate membership in the group to prevent burn-out, to spread the opportunity to participate among many individuals, and to ensure that we have “fresh eyes” coming into the group on a regular basis.
If you are interested in participating in this group, please send an email to bridgTHC-L@list.nih.gov with the following information:
- Phone Number,
- Area(s) of Expertise,
- Affiliation (i.e. name of agency, hospital, pharmaceutical company, etc.)
Participation in this group will give you the opportunity to influence the BRIDG model and the satisfaction of knowing your area of expertise will be accurately represented.