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Harmonization of Biobank Education for Biobank Technicians: Identification of Learning Objectives

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German Biobank Node, Universitäts Medizin Charité, 13353 Berlin, Germany
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Institute of Laboratory Medicine, Clinical Chemistry, and Molecular Diagnostics, University Hospital Leipzig, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
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Institute of Pathology, Heidelberg University Hospital, 69121 Heidelberg, Germany
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Interdisciplinary Biobank and Database Frankfurt (iBDF), University Hospital Frankfurt, 60590 Frankfurt, Germany
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Central Biobank UMG and Department of Medical Informatics, University Medical Center Göttingen, 37075 Göttingen, Germany
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Integrated Research Biobank, University Medicine Greifswald, 17475 Greifswald, Germany
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Central Biobank UMG, University Medical Center, 37075 Göttingen, Germany
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Academic Editor: Luciana Caenazzo
Received: 23 February 2021 / Revised: 11 April 2021 / Accepted: 12 April 2021 / Published: 14 April 2021
The quality of biospecimens stored in a biobank depends tremendously on the technical personnel responsible for processing, storage, and release of biospecimens. Adequate training of these biobank employees would allow harmonization of correct sample handling and thus ensure a high and comparable quality of samples across biobank locations. However, in Germany there are no specific training opportunities for technical biobank staff. To understand the educational needs of the technical personnel a web-based survey was sent to all national biobanks via established e-mail registers. In total, 79 biobank employees completed the survey, including 43 technicians. The majority of the participating technical personnel stated that they had worked in a biobank for less than three years and had never participated in an advanced training. Three-quarters of the technicians indicated that they were not able to understand English content instantly. Based on these results and the results of a workshop with 16 biobank technicians, 41 learning objectives were formulated. These learning objectives can be used as a basis for advanced training programs for technical personnel in biobanks. Setting up courses based on the identified learning objectives for this group of biobank staff could contribute to harmonization and sustainability of biospecimen quality. View Full-Text
Keywords: advanced training; biobank education; biobank technician; learning objectives advanced training; biobank education; biobank technician; learning objectives
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Hartung, M.L.; Baber, R.; Herpel, E.; Specht, C.; Brucker, D.P.; Schoneberg, A.; Winter, T.; Nussbeck, S.Y. Harmonization of Biobank Education for Biobank Technicians: Identification of Learning Objectives. BioTech 2021, 10, 7. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/biotech10020007

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Hartung ML, Baber R, Herpel E, Specht C, Brucker DP, Schoneberg A, Winter T, Nussbeck SY. Harmonization of Biobank Education for Biobank Technicians: Identification of Learning Objectives. BioTech. 2021; 10(2):7. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/biotech10020007

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Hartung, Mara L., Ronny Baber, Esther Herpel, Cornelia Specht, Daniel P. Brucker, Anne Schoneberg, Theresa Winter, and Sara Y. Nussbeck 2021. "Harmonization of Biobank Education for Biobank Technicians: Identification of Learning Objectives" BioTech 10, no. 2: 7. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/biotech10020007

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