Six Strategies to be a More Effective Monitor

Become a More Effective Monitor

Six Strategies to be a More Effective Monitor On-Demand Webinar by Patty Kasper, MS, CCRA

When I first became a CRA, I took a course led by expert in clinical monitoring, Patty Kasper, MS, CCRA. Today, almost a decade later, I still regularly reference the materials and Patty’s straightforward methods for effective monitoring.  I’ve also stayed in touch with Patty because she is a wonderful resource and continues to produce valuable training, free and helpful newsletters, and continuing education materials that assist me in my job.

Patty Kasper is an experienced clinical research trainer and in her most recent webinar, she presents six important strategies to be a more effective and efficient monitor.  She kindly provided me with a preview copy of this webinar and I am happy to recommend it to ClinOps Toolkit blog readers.  Go purchase your access to her on-demand webinar for becoming a more effective monitor today.

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An experienced CRA can become an even more effective monitor

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In Patty Kasper’s on-demand webinar, adapted from her presentation at the 2014 ACRP global conference, she provides CRAs and monitors six key strategies to being more efficient and effective. These strategies include specific tools on how to Anticipate, Prepare, Prioritize, Organize, Scrutinize, and Follow up for every site monitoring visit.

Being a better monitor means focusing on the safety of every clinical trial participant by assisting clinical site staff to remain in compliance at all times.  This webinar is in no way intended to be an overview of every detail of every regulation or guidance and will benefit CRAs with at least 2-3 years of experience.

Patty’s practical pointers can be implemented immediately.  I was taking helpful notes less than 10 minutes in to the on-demand webinar to be a more effective monitor. I was trying out her simple to implement tips and pointers the next day. Sign up today and start using these skills at your very next monitoring visit.

Every CRA can improve in some way to be a more effective monitor

Patty’s on-demand webinar is useful because of the “Keys to Success”, her powerful tips combined with real stories of her actual monitoring experience.  At 35 minutes in, she will breakdown one of her valuable case story lessons and show you how to apply each of the six strategies to be a more effective monitor.  I also found the quick quiz and Q&A sections really useful.  If you’ve ever wanted to co-monitor more or find a way to look at monitoring through a different lens, go sign up for this webinar now and start using the six strategies to be a more effective monitor at your next CRA visit.

Six key strategies plus one free and invaluable piece of productivity advice

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I appreciate that after I watched Patty’s on-demand webinar, I had specific tools and strategies that were tangible enough to be used right away.  Even better though, in her webinar she says something to the effect of, “it doesn’t matter which system you use, just that you use it consistently”.  I loved that piece of advice the most and I hope she won’t mind that I spoiled the surprise by sharing this one tidbit with all of you.  In my role as a CRA, I have always wondered, is there a better way, how do other people do this more efficiently, can I be a more effective monitor?

I learned a lot from Patty’s webinar and the most important and useful thing I learned is that the best system is the one that you stick with and practice often.  Over the coming months I will be writing a series of blog posts to share the tools I use for organizing my emails, my to do list, my contacts, etc.  If there is anything specific you want to know about my strategies for approaching the work of clinical trial management just ask below in the comments.  For now, follow this link to go to Patty Kasper & Associates to purchase your copy of the webinar, six key strategies to be a more effective monitor.

About The Author


Nadia Bracken, lead contributor to the Lead CRA blog and the ClinOps Toolkit blog, is a Clinical Program Manager in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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