CRA Orientation and Training

I have been a Clinical Research Associate (CRA) for three years, but I recently accepted a new CRA position and thought it would be helpful for me to explain the on-boarding process. Whether you are working for a CRO, pharma/biotech, or as a consultant, there is always new hire orientation and training to complete. The…

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US Clinical Researcher Competition

Have you been to a dream clinical research site? Do you know an excellent Study Coordinator that you would just love to work with again? Did you work on a project that was run so beautifully that all important milestones were delivered ahead of time and under budget? Perhaps you know a CRA who just…

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Lead CRA Q&A: Am I getting a bad reference from a previous boss?

Anonymous said… Hi, thank you for the advice you offer in your blog. Just a small question, I was referred for an interview at an international pharmaceutical company. I passed the first interview and was asked to have psychometric test which I was prepared for by a psychologist. They probably called my previous boss and…

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Travel Safety Refresher

travel safely as a clinical research professional

A Travel Safety Refresher So I’ve blogged before about travel safety but today we are all getting a refresher as a result of my monitoring trip yesterday. I’ve easily been to Denver 20+ times in the last 2 years for business so I’m very comfortable getting around in the airport, on the highways, and to…

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What are your weaknesses?

That’s a common interview question, huh? I’ve got some pretty snarky answers but I’m not sure any are appropriate for HR or a hiring manager (For example, “one of my weaknesses is burning bacon, I’m dangerous in a kitchen”). I’ve been doing some introspection lately and I have a new answer prepared for this question…

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Summer Vacation

I’ve been so busy monitoring and traveling the past year and a half that I accrued quite the vacation bank. My project is at a lull so the timing feels right to take a little holiday. I found a cheap last-minute airfare to Europe so I am flying to Stockholm and will spend a few…

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Lead CRA Q&A: CRA Work/Life Balance

You are being monitored

I recently received an email from a blog follower asking how I maintain work/life balance as a traveling CRA and whether I get paid more when the weeks are longer. The email is a little ironic as I actually have been really under-utilized lately and have spent most of the past 3 months sitting at…

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Lead CRA Q&A:Challenges to a New CRA

One of my connections is taking a CRA Development course and her homework assignment was to ask a tenured CRA “What did you feel were the biggest challenges of the position when you first started?” I am providing my answer and would love to hear if other seasoned CRAs agree or if there are other…

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Hard Times Right Now for a CRA

I received my formal performance review last week and an overall rating of “Exceeds Expectations” with some great input from past Project Leaders/peers and highlights of some of my more notable accomplishments in 2008. I was unprepared for how well I ranked on my metrics so I will keep a closer eye on that in…

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IRB Integrity

I am starting to monitor a new study at 4 Academic Institutions. The Academic Institution Review Boards (IRB) have a reputation for being very stringent and the IRB process can be quite lengthy (not to mention the contracts process and everything else related to start-up). It has been interesting to contrast the reporting and documentation…

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