Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) work in a team environment under the direction of Principle Investigators. Although the Principle Investigator is responsible for the management of the clinical trial, the CRC handles the bulk of the daily clinical trial activities and is very critical to the success of the trial. The responsibilities of a CRC include organizing a research study site; evaluating new study protocols, recruiting, screening and enrolling clinical study participants; arranging follow-up visits; maintaining and dispensing drugs and other study supplies; completing and ensuring the accuracy of case report forms and regulatory documents; and ensuring the adherence to Good Clinical Practice guidelines.
Although not required, many CRCs may be trained as nurses, certified medical assistants, certified nursing assistants, or any number of medical professionals. They are an increasing number of formal programs available for careers as a CRC at universities and colleges. Certification programs such as the Association for Clinical Research Professional (ACRP) www.acrpnet.org and the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) www.socra.org have been well established for years.
CRCs must possess many skills that range from patient care, interpersonal, organizational and administrative, marketing, and time management. Attention to detail with the ability to be flexible is very important. CRCs are very busy.
Clinical Research Assistant:
Responsible for setting up, monitoring and completing clinical trials, the clinical research assistant is an integral part of the research process. The CRA must be meticulous. Errors in clerical work, data collecting, data analysis, reporting or compiling data can cause an entire study to be void. The CRA is always busy and always available to help.
The regulatory compliance associate uses regulatory, legal and accounting skills to ensure all employees and trials adhere to laws and regulations, as well as common industry practices. RCAs keep other employees abreast of new and changing regulations, ensuring all clinical trials are conducted within specified guidelines.
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If you believe you have what it takes to work in the field of clinical research, feel free to submit your résumé and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The benefits package for Pensacola Research Consultants employees includes:
- Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan
- Retirement Plan
- Dental and Vision Insurance Available
Major Holidays Paid
- New Year’s Day
- Memorial Day
- July Fourth (Independence Day)
- Labor Day
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day