Collaborations with Community Practices
Yale New Haven Health System, a full-fledged healthcare delivery network that includes, Bridgeport Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, and the Northeast Medical Group. All told, more than 3,000 community physicians are affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System in 34 towns throughout the state.
With more than 1,200 practicing physicians in more than 100 clinical specialties and subspecialties, Yale Medicine, the School of Medicine’s clinical practice is one of the largest academic multispecialty group practices in the United States. It is a major referral center for Greater New Haven, Connecticut, and New England.
All Yale-affiliated practices incorporate Yale’s privacy and opt-out policies and are active participants or providers of clinical research. Yale’s Physician Liaison Program now connects community practices with YCCI, providing access to Yale’s infrastructure and support for clinical research.
Physicians can get involved in clinical research in several ways:
Referring Physician: Active clinical trials are listed at yalestudies.org and are accessible via the Research tab on MyChart. Providers and patients can also call 1-877-y-studies.
Screening and Recruitment Site: This option involves screening patients, obtaining informed consent, and referring them to the trial site for study participation.
Sub-Investigator and Trial Site: With this option, physicians are considered an investigator on the study. In addition to the responsibilities of a screening and recruitment site, this involves conducting study visits, completing data entry, handling the study drug/device, and supporting study monitoring visits.
Principal Investigator: PIs are responsible for all aspects of operation and implementation of the study, including screening patients, obtaining informed consent, conducting study visits, completing data entry, handling the study drug/device, and supporting study monitoring visits. PIs are solely responsible for the conduct of the study. Referring physicians do not need any special training. Providers at screening, recruitment and trial sites, sub-investigators, and PIs, must undergo Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and IRB training.
- YCCI sponsors face-to-face GCP training sessions with a leading expert several times each year.
- Online GCP training is also available.
- YCCI periodically sponsors presentations on topics related to conducting clinical research, as well as a three-part introduction to clinical research.