Clinical Research Coordinators
Also called: Clinical Program Manager, Clinical Research Associate (CRA), Clinical Research Coordinator, Clinical Trial Manager
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Clinical research projects evaluate the safety and effectiveness of drugs and other medical treatments. This requires attention to detail, planning, and facilitation. Clinical research coordinators carefully organize clinical studies to produce the most accurate results possible. They maintain critical, legal records of what goes on during studies, including case reports and drug dispensation records. Their data is essential in determining the success or failure of a therapy. These reports may need to be shared with officials or other regulatory agencies. Clinical research coordinators must exercise clear ethical standards when it comes to screening, monitoring, and directing study participants. They ensure that participants understand and voluntarily consent to a study. Subjects may only participate in a study after a clinical research coordinator interviews them, reviews medical records, and consults with the appropriate medical professionals to ensure it is safe and responsible to do so. They often advise sponsors of the study on procedural issues and may schedule the facilities, as well as analyze the risks of clinical studies. Many clinical researchers work in research centers, pharmaceutical labs, universities, and large hospitals. Most work full time, and have a bachelor’s degree with a major in a health sciences or related field. Some employers require Coordinators to have a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse credentials for these positions.
What they do:Plan, direct, or coordinate clinical research projects. Direct the activities of workers engaged in clinical research projects to ensure compliance with protocols and overall clinical objectives. May evaluate and analyze clinical data.
On the job, you would:
- Maintain required records of study activity including case report forms, drug dispensation records, or regulatory forms.
- Oversee subject enrollment to ensure that informed consent is properly obtained and documented.
- Monitor study activities to ensure compliance with protocols and with all relevant local, federal, and state regulatory and institutional polices.
Arts and Humanities
- English language
- medicine and dentistry
Math and Science
- arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
- listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- reading work related information
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
- changing what is done based on other people's actions
- understanding people's reactions
- communicate by speaking
- listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
- make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
- use rules to solve problems
- pay attention to something without being distracted
People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Attention to Detail
- Stress Tolerance
You might use software like this on the job:
Data base user interface and query software
Analytical or scientific software