Pros: patient care, exposure to clinical trails
Cons: few hours to learn the job, the salary is not attractive especially with me having to fend for my aged parents and family.
On arrival to work, I check my work email to see if there are additional work requirements for the day. I then make a list of what is to be done on that day along with the time frame, it should be accomplished. I then check with my supervisior to discuss the pervious work day and any other issues.
My job entails explaining and recruiting new study participants – more... for the ongoing study. I also follow up pervious participants either via email or phone call to either remind them of their future appointments or to clarify some information.
The informed consent along with the study's objectives are explained to the potential study participants and a copy of the signed informed consent is given to them if they agree to participant.
There is the patient questionaire which each study participants are required to fill out and I am available for any questions.
Every 3 months, blood samples are withdrawn by me and carefully processed in the laboratory as well as stored.
All the data that is gotten is scanned into the database and then analyzed.
I learnt that a team working together for the common goal is more likely to succeed with minimial stress.
I am priviledged to have wonderful coworkers who are willing to answer questions as well as assist if needed.
The hardest part of the job is a hard question to answer but it can be challenging to report to different principal investigators simultaneously but I have been able to overcome the challenge by working faster, smarter and with more precision.
I enjoy the patient contact, it is a rewarding experience for me when the participants is satisifed with the level of care given. – less