Little Wrap Dress

One of my co-workers commented the other day that I really own a lot of dresses.  OK, that is true but it hasn’t stopped me from adding this little beauty to my birthday wishlist! My go-to garment in my work wardrobe is the wrap dress (recommended only for the ladies, sorry guys!).  The wrap dress is perfect…

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Lead CRA Q&A: What makes a good CTA?

I want to be the best clinical trials assistant ever

Anonymous said… I want to be the best CTA possible, with the opportunity to become a CRA. As a Lead CRA, what qualities do you look for in a CTA? APRIL 12, 2010 2:38 PM The Lead CRA responds… Thanks for another great question.  You know what the problem is with all of my favorite Clinical…

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Perfect Clinical Trial Source Documents

Perfect clinops tooklit source

As a CRA, I regularly visit the sites to review the study conduct, encourage study participant recruitment, evaluate the ongoing suitability of the investigative site, provide protocol specific training, track investigative supplies, and to review source documents.  Clinical Trial Source documents are the roadmap and clinical record to let me (or anyone who is reviewing)…

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Fueling Up the Rental Car

Which side is the gas tank located on?  Here are two quick tips to help you find it super fast.  1) If there is a little pull switch inside the car, pop the gas tank door and listen for the sound to determine the correct side to pull up to the pump.   2) Even easier…Take…

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Happy New Year

2011 Happy New Year from The Lead CRA

Thank you for your continued readership of the Lead CRA blog and I wish everyone a happy and healthy 2011.  I hope that you will continue to follow along as I have made a resolution to keep posting and updating the blog with new content on a regular basis. This greeting comes a little late…

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What is up with this coordinator?

understanding your study coordinator

How can we motivate? In a separate post I provide you tips and advice for motivating and working well with your coordinators. However, sometimes it is hard to get a Study Coordinator to answer the phone, email, or query requests.  Other times they are behind on their Screening/Enrollment logs, supply requests, data entry, etc.  As a CRA…

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Traveling with your Boss

Consider this when traveling with your boss So I am working on a new trial and I’ve been on 10+ trips in the last month accompanying my boss.  We’ve been traveling domestically and initiating our study sites.  I’ve enjoyed getting to know my boss outside of the office and we’ve had some memorable trips and…

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Myths About Clinical Trial Site Selection

Nadia presents some “myths” about site selection at a dinner for the San Francisco ClinOps Toolkit meetup group.

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Lead CRA Q&A: Investigative Site Recruitment Plan

Have patients lining up to be in your trials

Mumbabe said… I am a CRA stationed in the Netherlands. I have done a lot of Pre study site visits and I was wondering how do you ask potential investigators about the number of patients they are able to recruit? Which open ended phrases do you use? Here in NL it is really a big…

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3.1 oz Liquids and Gels

As a frequent traveler I have often bought 2 sets of cosmetics and toiletries so I can leave one at home and keep one group packed in my travel bag.  Lately I have been downsizing my liquids and gels even further by just carrying a 2 to 3 day portion in a pill case —…

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