Candidate for Director

Annette McCoy Oeser, BS MLAS CCRP

Clinical/Translational Research Coordinator III

Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Nashville, TN



Other Positions

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN  

Research Assistant I, II, and III, 1990 - 2017

Divisions of Rheumatology and Immunology, Endocrinology and Diabetes, and Clinical Pharmacology

Academic and Professional Degrees/Certifications

 Bachelor of Science, 1986, Alderson Broaddus University, Philippi, WV

Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2011, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

 Enrolled in Bioethics Certificate Program, 2021-present, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

 SOCRA Certified Clinical Research Professional, CCRP, 2004 – present

Vanderbilt Program in Research Administration Development (VPRAD), Level 1, 2011

SOCRA Activities and Positions Held

Member, 2004-present

Education Committee, Greater Nashville Chapter, 2007-present

Co-Chair, 2009-2013; 2019-present

Speaker, Annual Conference, 2019, 2020

Poster Presenter, Annual Conference, 2010, 2020

Speaker, Nashville Chapter, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2019, 2020

Other Professional Activities and Positions Held

Chair, VUMC Research Staff Council (VRSC), 2014-2016

Chair, VRSC Library Resources for Research Staff Taskforce, 2018-present

Speaker, VUMC Research Staff Council, 2017, 2018, 2019

Member, VUMC Elevate Reward, Recognition, and Retention Committee, 2015-present

Speaker, Vanderbilt Program in Research Administration Development (VPRAD), 2017

Speaker, Team Science: Training and Supporting the Clinical Research Supporters, 2017

Mentor, Vanderbilt Program in Research Administration Development (VPRAD), 2018, 2019

Vision Statement 

I have been in clinical research for 30 years and a certified clinical research professional since 2004.  Clinical research has evolved over that time and, as the COVID-19 pandemic has shown, clinical research professionals must be able to adapt to the changing landscape of research.  Education is key to helping clinical research professionals keep up to date on changes in regulations, moving into new areas such as electronic informed consent and documentation, and keeping participants safe while ethically collecting the data needed to answer research questions.  SOCRA programs offered at both national and local levels contribute greatly to the training, mentoring, and supporting of clinical research professionals not only now, during the pandemic, but also during the career of each individual research professional.

I have worked with a small, but dedicated, Education Committee in the Nashville Chapter to bring continuing education and professional networking opportunities to members in our region, while growing our chapter and continuing to look for ways to connect to distant members. Having remote access in place helped us rapidly adapt our procedures to not only continue offering continuing education safely and securely in the time of COVID-19, but also increase the number of sessions offered. When the restrictions lift, we plan to continue offering remote webinar meetings as well as resume in-person meetings for networking. We are proud of our Chapter, its continued growth, and being the recipient of the Chapter Chairperson Award for the past two years.

Change is inevitable, but we can embrace change.  My experience in research spans basic science, animal studies, clinical research, and research administration. SOCRA has helped me increase my knowledge, develop leadership skills, and network locally, nationally, and internationally. Utilizing my experiences in the Nashville chapter and in pre-clinical and clinical research, I hope to contribute to the forward thinking of the board—helping our membership to learn, adapt, and thrive in clinical research. My vision includes contributing to SOCRA’s continued growth in education and certification as a leader in clinical research professional organizations.  Thank you for the opportunity to serve the Society’s membership and furthering SOCRA’s mission.