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Education Partnership Highlights eCOS' Versatility

[fa icon="calendar"] May 12, 2015 3:06:00 PM / by Greg Pack

Topics: Education

Spotlight: Education

Through our education partnership initiatives program, eClinicialOS collaborates with partners worldwide to bring innovative learning opportunities into Clinical Data Management. Sandbox_clippingOne of our education partners is Phoenix Progressive Certifications Enterprise (PPCE), based in Maharashtra, India. PPCE’s Certification in Clinical Data Management program has been running strong for the past 5 years and strives to increase employability and improve the quality of resources in the clinical research industry. 

eCOS supports the PPCE initiative - as well as many other education initiatives worldwide - by donating the use (and tech support) of our platform.

We recently spoke to PPCE  to discuss the new class that started in May 2015. 


Aditi Bose, Clinical Data Manager at PPCE is leading the charge to equip the young workforce in Maharashtra for a future in clinical trials. “Employable young people required by the clinical research industry cannot be easily found,” says Ms. Bose.  “As a result, companies are forced to hire people with lesser skill sets than actually required. Young, determined people looking for big opportunities do not have enough awareness of the growth in the clinical research industry to increase their career opportunities as well as their bargaining power.”

This is an area where eCOS and PPCE share the same goal. 

Every year PPCE holds multiple programs for Clinical Research and Clinical Data Management certification in conjunction with a well-renowned hospital, Ruby Hall, Pune, and college, St. Xavier’s, Mumbai. (Sidebar: In 2009, United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited St Xavier's, and in November 2010 US President Barack Obama visited the college and held a town hall meeting.) 

In Mumbai, PPCE conducts CDM training at St. Xavier’s in their validated computer lab whereas in Pune students study onsite at PPCE’s fully functioning Clinical Data Management Training Lab. These students are then absorbed by companies such as Accenture, IBM, Cognizant, Tata Consultancy Services, InVentiv, Syntel, Gebbs Healthcare, Ruby Hall, Accord Therapeutics and others.

The eCOS platform in action 

 “We currently use the eCOS Sandbox, an open source EDC platform, for the CDM practicals,” says  Amit Kumar Yadav, (Business Development Manager). “We have found it to be an extremely user-friendly platform that takes our course a level higher.” Among the various features that students find useful are EDC, Medical Coding, and Electronic Patient Diaries.

“Developed to deliver maximum impact, our programs equip candidates with the knowledge and skill sets specifically required by recruiters,” says Mr. Yadav. “It has been our experience that the biggest mismatch in clinical research, and specifically in the Clinical Data Management industry today, is that young people are not aware of the possibilities in this growing area, and as a result, companies involved in managing clinical trials do not have the option to choose from a large pool of skilled resources. To do this, we run, at affordable costs, an array of programs and internships.”

And eCOS is extremely proud to be able to help. 

For more information on the PPCE education program, click here

For more insight, follow PPCE's LinkedIn page click here 

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Greg Pack
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