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Diane in Las Vegas, Nevada

33 months ago

kelly in Toronto, Ontario said: You'll have to start off as a data coordinator/manager or perhaps a study coordinator. These roles allow you to learn the clinical trial tasks / regulations etc. And you also meet CRAs who will monitor your work who will be good for future referrals.

Kelly - Is taking a certificatio course reccommended? They are certainly expensive, and if not necessary, it would be nice to know.

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R in Algonquin, Illinois

32 months ago

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Instrumentation Engineering from India.I do have a fair knowledge o f Medical systems and Laboratory Operations.My husband is employed in a major Healthcare IT Industry.He always wanted me to get into Healthcare,because of it's increasing growth and the sustainability even in the recession period.After much research,I found the CRA positions to be a good fit,as I'm not interested to choose IT as a career.Now my first step would be to get trained in CRP.These are my questions :

1.Does anyone know about THE VERITAS HEALTHCARE SOLUTIONS? www.theveritashealthcare.com( I found their Ad on Sulekha.com and when browsing their website I understood they offer training courses in CRA and such,though I do not have any references on the company)

2.I also learned about the Kriger training programs from the previous posts...and was wondering which one to opt for.The course cost is almost the same( The Veritas Healthcare and Kriger ).Does anyone have any recommendation?

3.I noticed some posts from Recruiters as well...and I just need to know which of these training programs will add value to my resume in terms of getting that 'first job' ,as recruiters will have a good idea on this one.

Any bit of information will be really appreciated.

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Paul in Phoenix, Arizona

32 months ago

Hi "R",

I don't recommend that anyone pay for CRA training courses. Simply, the CRA position is not suitable for someone as their first job in clinical research. You need several years of work experience as a CTA, CRC or other position before any major company will consider hiring you. Why spend your own money when you can get the training for free through your employer?

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physician in Etobicoke, Ontario

31 months ago

Cici in Montreal, Quebec said: Hi to you all,
I have a freind of mine that is a CRA in the Montreal area. She keeps telling me that she needs CRA's let me know if you are interested and i'll see what I can do.

I look forward to hearing from you.

I am looking for CRA job

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physician in Etobicoke, Ontario

31 months ago

I am looking for CRA job.I am an IMG.passed mccee and step1 step2 cs.not willoing to do residency

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Anum Habib in Chicago, Illinois

31 months ago

Hi all,

I am very interested in stepping into the clinical research industry as a clinical research associate. I have approximately two years of experience within the field as a clinical research assistant, and a clinical trial specialist. I am located in Dallas, Texas; however I am willing to relocate if necessary.

Thanks,
Anum Habib
anumhabib90@gmail.com

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gloriousdayus@yahoo.com in Las Vegas, Nevada

31 months ago

Cici in Montreal, Quebec said: Hi to you all,
I have a freind of mine that is a CRA in the Montreal area. She keeps telling me that she needs CRA's let me know if you are interested and i'll see what I can do.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Hi, my name is Ebenezer, am looking for a CRA job in USA, am resident in Las Vegas ,but i am prepared to relocate to any state in the US.I have done Kriger CRA course ,i also have a background in medical course.My e-mail address is: gloriousdayus@yahoo.com.Please can you kindly send information about job openings in USA to me,also ,please do you know i can overcome this problem of 2years experience being demanded by most employers? Thanks,God bless you.

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A in Galway, Ireland

30 months ago

Hi All,

I've a degree in Biomedical science and I'm completing a Masters in Clinical research. I have done a course in ICH-GCP. I would love to get some experience as a CRA, or as a research nurse. I would be grateful if I could get any advice from anyone. Thanks, All the best.

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peptalk in New Delhi, India

30 months ago

Burned Out in Spokane, Washington said: Hello Fellow CRA - What a wonderful website, I am a seasoned CRA but I have never heard of free CRA training. The website touches upon the problem of "hawking" CRA certification with the promises of a job. These certification courses only take your already.....

Hello,
Thank you very much for the advice. I have a PhD in Biology, and am looking to get a position in the industry. I was about to register for an online training course in Clinical Research, when I stumbled upon this thread and your inputs in particular. I have promptly registered myself for the course you mentioned and started to educate myself on the related issues of the field.
I would like to ask you how to get the “in-house” CRA training? Are there any firms offering? I am residing in California. Any information on this will be appreciated.
Thanks.

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research girl in Irvine, California

29 months ago

I have been in same boat since couple of years. No Experience!!. I have volunteered for 6+ months at two different sites, who couldn't hire me but willing to let me volunteer. I worked on CNS, GI, VACCINES, MEDICAL DEVICE and various other studies. I did most of the work of CRC except blood work and consent process. I even did filing, copying, faxing and bringing coffee for the PI from cafe. I have taken GCP class and have been actively looking for job but finding an entry level job as a CTA or CRC has been tough. I am not expecting a short cut; however, this is my passion ever since I was in undergrad. I got my Bsc in bio in U.S. but not been able to find work in this field. Now I am going to get my MA license and try to find job as CRC and even than if I am not able to find job in this field, than I am also prepared to go to nursing school, because lot of nurses are CRAs or CRCs. I completed all my classes for nursing school including some extra classes that are only offered in RN program. Admission in nursing school is even tough here in U.S, including interviews, waiting list, and fees with another 2-3 years to get a degree. But so far I was accepted to two nursing school with MSN and BSN programs. However, I am not sure if I should pursue RN program for 3-4 years only to work as CRC. So I will start with LVN program first, while working as MA and again try in this filed and if that doesn't work then I will go on to get my RN. Perhaps I will be too old to enter this field by the time I am RN, only time will tell. Sometimes not giving up is a weakness because you keep striving to achieve something that's seems so far or not possible at all.

Just wanted to share. If anyone have suggestions or some motivational comments, please provide. Thanks.

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Christina in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

29 months ago

I know what you are going through being a MD from overseas and seeking a CRA position. I am a CRC for over 6 years with a medical school graduate and clinical experience. I know more than a nurse or any CRA and still can't even get into a CRA or drug safety position. Taking a CRA course or getting a masters won't help. It's just a waste of money. They want monitoring experience of at least 1-2 years. How to get the experience if they don't even give you or me a chance? I'll aced their training faster than any monitor if they only consider me. Well, will keep trying and make connections.

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Mather in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

29 months ago

Let's get 'real' for a moment. The reasons why foreign MDs aren't getting hired for CRA positions is simple:
1. We aren't going to get you a visa when there's other applicants that don't need one, even if they are less qualified. It's a lot of paperwork, fees and problems that we'd just rather not deal with.
2. MDs think like doctors, not like a monitor. I've cleaned up so many messes that MDs have caused because they waste their time on diagnosing subjects and not on vital monitoring tasks like drug accountability, good documentation or the regulatory binder. The big companies know this and have since lost their desire for foreign MD candidates.
3. A lot of foreign candidates are poor writers. The monitoring report is the most important client deliverable a CRA does. If there are grammatical or usage errors, that reflects poorly on the CRO.
4. Since your education makes you overqualified for the position, we worry that you'll only be a CRA for just a few years and then try to get promoted into another position. We want to get those candidates that'll offer us more longevity. After all, the CRA role is the one that makes the money for the company.

The best advice I can provide is to:
1. Don't rely on a company for visas- get citizenship first.
2. Look at all the companies- not just the major players.
3. Become a CRC and network with your monitors. The best way to get in is to referred by a current CRA that's seen your work.
4. Be able to move because your first CRA position will likely require you to be in-house.
5. Get ACRP certification for coordinators (CCRC)
6. If you can get a job within a CRO as a project assistant, do it- they promote from within for most CRA I candidates.

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Geeta in Bangalore, India

29 months ago

Hello
I am a MBBS doctor and looking forward to join the clinical research industry in India. I have few contacts who are already in this field. So the entry may not be an issue for me. But i am confused as..
1) I don't know at which level should I enter this field and what will be future prospects in terms of career path.
2) I am looking for a career path which ultimately gives me the opportunities of getting to the higher position in the company and I am open to the idea of adding further qualifications to my current degree; for example - MBA or similar degree.
Please guide.
Thanks and Regards

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tiffini in Brooklyn, New York

28 months ago

Hi,
I am a foreign graduate MBBS doctor, have been volunteering in US for almost a year long as clinical research associate and have gained a lot of information coordinating PI but now am looking forward to get a job here in USA, but unable to find one which could sponsor foreign graduates. Is there any sites or agency where i could refer to apply for one?
Plz Plz somebody could help me find out one as my visa will expire by the end of 2012.

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tiffini in Brooklyn, New York

28 months ago

Hi,
I am a foreign graduate MBBS doctor, have been volunteering in US for almost a year long as clinical research associate and have gained a lot of information coordinating PI but now am looking forward to get a job here in USA, but unable to find one which could sponsor foreign graduates. Is there any sites or agency where i could refer to apply for one?
Plz Plz somebody could help me find out one as my visa will expire by the end of 2012.

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solomon olisa in Lancaster, California

27 months ago

breddi said: Hey Kelly,

Thanks for your replies. Are you in the field already? I would like to know some interview questions. could you answer some of these questions?

1). if a dose has to be given a patient in 2 min. If the patient refuses to take the dose how do you deal the situation?

2). If a patient yells at you in the clinic and talks bad about the clinic and yelling at you in the clinic infornt of you what do you do?

If anybody attend any interviews before please share your expereinces and possible, appropriate answers as well.

Thanks in advance,
Reddi
Toronto

1. Patient have the right to refuse. So talk to the patient but if the patient refused. Stop and document it, report to the charge nurse and endose it to your supervisor or MD. Do not force the patient to take it.
2.Stay away, document, and report to the charge nurse/your supervisor.Never exchange words or argue with the patient.

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pam partridge

27 months ago

kelly in Toronto, Ontario said: You'll have to start off as a data coordinator/manager or perhaps a study coordinator. These roles allow you to learn the clinical trial tasks / regulations etc. And you also meet CRAs who will monitor your work who will be good for future referrals.

Im looking for a contract cra who speaks french in canada. Can anyone help?
Pamela_partridge2000@yahoo.com

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vinod bhandari in Chandigarh, India

25 months ago

My daughter is M.b.B.S from Armenia. At present she is in Brooklyn New york USA. my question is --can she get a job in her profession. can she do an internship (free) under a doctor. can she do some short job oriented course with low fee . pl guide immediately.

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Mather in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

25 months ago

Hi Vinod,

Unfortunately, there is no degree in the USA that is like the MBBS degree. To be honest, most employers will look at it and not even know what it means. Because it doesn't translate into a degree that's recognized in our country, it puts her at a great disadvantage.

Working under a doctor for free will not likely provide substantial career growth. In fact, to me that sounds like a situation where she could easily be taken advantage of.

I would suggest looking for jobs in clinical research, medical assisting, phlebotomy, working as a safety specialist or in pharma/device sales. Most clinically-based jobs require licensure from the state.

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Divya in Hyderabad, India

25 months ago

Hi,

I have complete BE in Biotechnology ,passed out batch 2011.Where ever i apply they are asking for experience, so how can i get a job

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trien in Carlsbad, California

25 months ago

also, try to match her qualifications to an american job title so that recruiters can match her with their openings.

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cool kid in Ottawa, Ontario

20 months ago

this does not help me find research for a lab report

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cool kid in Ottawa, Ontario

20 months ago

for get it

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Kurapika in Santa Monica, California

20 months ago

Totally. Just forget it. I have a MS. degree in Clinical Research and B.S. in biochemistry. I just recently got my CCRP certification via SoCRA. I'm a CRC for 2 years and wanted to get into CRA. I've been applying to 20+ CRA jobs and got no replies. They ONLY look at applicants with CRA/monitoring experience, which I don't have.

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Laetitia Henry DVM in Boston, Massachusetts

20 months ago

Kurapika in Santa Monica, California said: Totally. Just forget it. I have a MS. degree in Clinical Research and B.S. in biochemistry. I just recently got my CCRP certification via SoCRA. I'm a CRC for 2 years and wanted to get into CRA. I've been applying to 20+ CRA jobs and got no replies. They ONLY look at applicants with CRA/monitoring experience, which I don't have.

Hi all,
I'm a veterinarian in the Boston area, lots of patient care, monitoring....
experience(granted with different species), very good medical
background, great with details... Been told I'd be an excellent candidate,
But running up against the "lack of experience" brick wall. Any advice?
Laetitia

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lpamor in Hertford, United Kingdom

16 months ago

I have completed my first degree in medicine from Ukraine and now studying MSc Clinical Biochemistry from UK uni. I was wondering that is it possible to work in India as a graduate biochemist?

I have been trying to look for job in the UK but its difficult due to visa restriction.

Is there a possiblility where I can work in Europe? Is there any other country, where I can get paid very well as a biochemist?

Thank you

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Sirisha Bantupalli in Visakhapatnam, India

15 months ago

Hello

I have done with my masters in Biotechnology from India 2years back.
I got entry in Clinical research as CoOrdinator,now i am looking for better job as CRA in Pharma/Biotech CRO's.I had experience in facing Several Monitorings and also faced Inspections,had experience in eCRF completion.....
I am very much interseted in Pharmacokinetics and preclinical studies plz let me know how can i make way to get success in these fields.
Plz help me out ....

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Pooja in Toronto, Ontario

14 months ago

Hi..

I am planning to do the CCRA program from Mcmaster University. I am foreign graduate dentist. I wanted to know the scope. Will i get a job directly. They unfortunately do not offer internship. Is getting an entry-level job as a clinical research associate very difficult in Toronto.?

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Lorie in Saint-contest, France

11 months ago

Hello,

I currently live in France where I am graduated in MPH. I have 4 years experience as a CRC. I am training for getting a CCRP whith CRA-shool montreal.
If my visa is accepted, I will be in montreal by november.
Could you tell me a litle about the job opportinuties in montreal. Will it be difficult for me to find a midle level.
All your advice are interesting for me.

Best regards,

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pradip in Toronto, Ontario

8 months ago

Cici in Montreal, Quebec said: Hi to you all,
I have a freind of mine that is a CRA in the Montreal area. She keeps telling me that she needs CRA's let me know if you are interested and i'll see what I can do.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Hi,
I am rready to relocate to Montreal or rather anywhere if I am getting job at entry level as CRA.So please let me know what I should do.
Thanks

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Rakhi Sujith in Edmonton, Alberta

7 months ago

I am a herbal medical practitioner from India , with PR status holder for Canada. I have a PG diploma in Health Science Research and 3-4 yrs experience in industry sponsored research from India .I also did advanced diploma in Scientific writing. Will these be able enough for getting a clinical research coordinator job in Canada.

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Mather in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

7 months ago

Hi Rahki,

You are vastly overqualified for a clinical research coordinator job.

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Rakhi Sujith in Edmonton, Alberta

7 months ago

Mather in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania said: Hi Rahki,

You are vastly overqualified for a clinical research coordinator job.

thank you Mather for this very encouraging reply.

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soontobeRN in RICHMOND, California

7 months ago

C in Oakland, California said: My degree was in english - and I'm now a Clinical Project Manager at a MAJOR Bay Area pharma, proving you don't have to have a science degree to break into the CR field.

I suggest starting from the ground up - don't try to shoot for the moon. You will serve yourself better by building a foundation of experience.

If you can, start in data management or as a study coordinator (again - a science degree helps, but it not required)

Hope that helps! Good luck!

HiC,

I just graduated from nursing degree in Bay area. Trying to find job in pharma even entry level. No luck yet. Do you have any advice for me?

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pavi in Fremont, California

4 months ago

Hello,

I am looking for a job in Clinical research field in San Francisco area. I have masters in Biology From India.and have worked as a teacher for a brief period. and later worked in Data management field for 2 years. I was looking for some thing in Clinical Data Management field. Can anyone please suggest how to set foot into Clinical Research field.

Thanks.

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mchristy20 in Mount Prospect, Illinois

4 months ago

I am an MD who has not completed a medical residency but would like to find other science related areas where my medical background, knowledge and degree can be of use. The big dilemma is lack of industry experience as deemed the right sort of buzz words, despite having research experience, it is not centered on being exposed to clinical trials and it's details. I tried to get more information off of kriger research international's website but their contact number is not working, nor is their chat feature. I would like suggestions on how to use my background in a clinical research area to work from the ground up-please advise! I have seen plenty of MD's on this site who are also in similar situations-
Thanks in advance!

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SAE4ME in Atlanta, Georgia

4 months ago

I think an MD would be very, very underutilized as a CRA. There are more appropriate positions within research the research field... Medical Science Liason, Pharmacovigilance... familiarity with therapuetic areas is required , however it doesn't require near the clinical knowledge an MD would have even without internship, residency, etc.

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Mather in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

4 months ago

Hi Kristy,

An MD is not a path to a career as a CRA. You've been trained for a completely different career. The reason why you see so many MDs, FMGs and masters-level biochemistry degree holders struggling to get a career as a CRA is because their experience and training are simply not suited for the career. (See more suitable positions above listed by SAE).

Once an Ivy League guy submitted a resume online to apply for a position. When this overqualified man came in for an interview, the interview panel didn't marvel at his qualifications, but instead asked, "I wonder what is so wrong with this guy that he's submitting resumes after going to Harvard?" If you're an MD applying for CRA positions , the same thing will happen. People will ask what went wrong with you that was so bad you aren't able to practice medicine, assume that you come with 'baggage' and then move on to another candidate.

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Sarah in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4 months ago

Mather in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania said: Hi Kristy,

An MD is not a path to a career as a CRA. You've been trained for a completely different career. The reason why you see so many MDs, FMGs and masters-level biochemistry degree holders struggling to get a career as a CRA is because their experience and training are simply not suited for the career. (See more suitable positions above listed by SAE).

Once an Ivy League guy submitted a resume online to apply for a position. When this overqualified man came in for an interview, the interview panel didn't marvel at his qualifications, but instead asked, "I wonder what is so wrong with this guy that he's submitting resumes after going to Harvard?" If you're an MD applying for CRA positions , the same thing will happen. People will ask what went wrong with you that was so bad you aren't able to practice medicine, assume that you come with 'baggage' and then move on to another candidate.


Hi Mather,

I am an international medical graduate and eventually after practicing for 4 years as a physician I decided to go into research field. For this reason I took MPH degree and I am about to finish my PhD in public health. CRA seems to me a very lucrative and interesting area to start with in US. I believe my medical background and research experience have it all to cover to launch my career in CRA. Definitely clinical studies are different from epidemiological study. But to pursue a career in CRA you need to know all the research methodologies. On the top of it you should have knowledge about human biology, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and so on, which I all have. If a CRA requires to have bachelor degree in biology and when I have more than that, then why Can not i get an entry level position in CRA.

Sarah

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Mather in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

4 months ago

Hi Sarah,

I think you fit perfectly in my example- because your education far exceeds what is typical for CRAs, they're not impressed, instead they think you come with baggage. There has to be a reason why you were unable to succeed as an MD and they assume you're damaged goods.

Instead of seeking a career that will be ultimately unrewarding to you,, seek a career more commensurate with your education and experience.

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SAE4ME in Atlanta, Georgia

4 months ago

I figured I would share my experience since this topic seems to come up over & over, either in new threads or existing threads.

I've been a CRA/Lead CRA for ~ ten years, I did my BS in biology, did a bunch of lab bench work in pharma manufacturing, then dropped out of work to do my masters' in clinical psych. The details of my masters' was the key for me to getting an interview for a CRA job. My degree included a year of clinical work, & while it wasn't nursing it did expose me to updating charts, EMR, & diagnostic codes. More importantly , over the course of two years I designed my own behavioral science research protocol, drafted my own ICFs, submitted to my universities' IRB, learned to maintain IRB approval, & collected data on 300+ subjects; all for my thesis. Not to mention doing my own biostats & of course authoring the thesis/paper.

When I interviewed I could tell actually conducting human subjects research, even though it was behavioral instead of clinical, made the difference. That's just what worked for me, but if anyone else wants to try the approach it should be very easy, if you have any academic contacts who run labs doing any sort of research on human subjects it may be worthwhile volunteering.

This solves how to get the opportunity to get human subjects research experience if you have no experience. Most professors gladly take volunteer lab help, even if it's outside of a degree program.

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SAE4ME in Atlanta, Georgia

4 months ago

Also, I wanted to clarify exactly what the job of CRA entails; as I get the impression that many physicians, dentists, & veterinarians want to be a CRA, without understanding what it's about.

Basically, pharmaceutical research protocols are designed by physicians & scientists at the sponsor, then executed by other physicians, sometimes hundreds of them, across the globe, often recruiting tens of thousands of subjects. The protocol design is generally very simple, however executing the protocol on such a large scale in accordance with strict regulations, ethics, & scientific rigor is extremely tedious & labor intensive. There are literally railcar loads of documentation required at each site that must be organized & presentable at all times. It requires an attention to detail & familiarity with all these regulations beyond what clinicians have. This is where the CRA comes in. It's basically a support role. You're not designing research, you're not doing research, you're reviewing massive amounts of documentation, often a small percentage of which is related to anything medical.

Let me describe it this way: Confirming documentation of drug accountability is a major requirement of CRAs. There have been some studies where I've spent 3 of every 5 weekdays at sites, spending 50% of each day verifying the drug dispensing records by counting pills... for months at a time. So unless you're comfortable, with all your scientific & physician training, spending 15 hours per week counting literally thousands of tablets & checking arithmetic the role simply isn't for you.

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Sarah in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4 months ago

Hi Thanks for your comment. Atleast you didnt tag me with Damaged good as Mather did so. I left my clinical practice 5 years back to pursue my career in research. I do know what is CRA is and I found it interesting and challenging. It gives you the opportunity to be a part of a clinical research but not being directly involve in it. I exactly understand the research process or methodology on human subject. My question was how i can be a CRA with my credentials?

SAE4ME in Atlanta, Georgia said: I figured I would share my experience since this topic seems to come up over & over, either in new threads or existing threads.

I've been a CRA/Lead CRA for ~ ten years, I did my BS in biology, did a bunch of lab bench work in pharma manufacturing, then dropped out of work to do my masters' in clinical psych. The details of my masters' was the key for me to getting an interview for a CRA job. My degree included a year of clinical work, & while it wasn't nursing it did expose me to updating charts, EMR, & diagnostic codes. More importantly , over the course of two years I designed my own behavioral science research protocol, drafted my own ICFs, submitted to my universities' IRB, learned to maintain IRB approval, & collected data on 300+ subjects; all for my thesis. Not to mention doing my own biostats & of course authoring the thesis/paper.

When I interviewed I could tell actually conducting human subjects research, even though it was behavioral instead of clinical, made the difference. That's just what worked for me, but if anyone else wants to try the approach it should be very easy, if you have any academic contacts who run labs doing any sort of research on human subjects it may be worthwhile volunteering.

This solves how to get the opportunity to get human subjects research experience if you have no experience. Most professors gladly take volunteer lab help, even if it's outside of a degree program.

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John Pattett in Crownsville, Maryland

4 months ago

Thanks For Such Informative Post.

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CT Rx in New York, New York

3 months ago

are you guys aware of the amount of travel this job entails? I work at one of the top 5 CROs and I have 8 visit on site (not counting travel times) metric per month that I need to upkeep. My annual review pretty much depends on this..not to mention my raise and bonus! I started as a CRA back in June of 2013..and let me tell you, I am pretty much all burned out! This month has been the craziest yet..this week i've traveled 3 states in 1 week (flying, train, and driving). currently distracting myself to write this post so I can get a breather from my 3 trip reports and doing my expense reports. Yes, I am writing reports on the weekend and doing admin. stuffs.

To the above person with the MD,why dont you look at Clinical Scientist or Clinical Manager? you dont necessary need to be CRA to move into a Project Manager role. Have you considered doing Drug Safety/Pharmacoviligence? They are always looking to folks with an MD/medical background.

I started to second guess myself about being a CRA - the travel and time (being alone) on the road is not for everyone! REMEMBER this, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence!

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SAE4ME in Atlanta, Georgia

3 months ago

I second that about the travel... it's brutal; & air travel gets worse every year. Aiport/airline "staff" are just a few steps away from beating passengers with flashlights & shoving them into their seats. I did the travel for 8 years or so but was probably burned out after about 6, & I actually used to like travel! Travel at the time was more attractive at the time than office work, however there's real opportunity cost, as it's hard to really define yourself as anything except, "travelling CRA", when you're a CRA... the job is just too all-encompassing. The time committment is similiar to being a physician resident, where you're never not working. The metric listed above is generally par for the course in some form, at all CRO's, & to hit it you're basically away from home & alone for 3-4 of every 5 weekdays. It's very, very hard to keep the job out of the weekends. Even if you're not actually traveling you're scrambling to catch up stuff neglected from being gone the previous week, & prepping to leave again Monday. It's generally fine for relatively young, single professionals, however after a few years people either want to start a family or at least have life experience deeper than Hampton Inn/Doctors' offices/Airport. Also the opportunities for advancement out of the traveling role may not always be there... Most CRAs who do a good job can eventually advance to Lead CRA (as I did) however it can take a while, years even, for the right opportunity, during which time you'll be stuck if you get tired of never being home.

Basically the CRA role isn't just a job, it's a lifestyle;I really started to miss a balanced life: Working out, doing carpentry projects, seeing my family, all pretty much stopped when I was a CRA.

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Mather in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

3 months ago

SAE- I can totally see that!

My last year as a CRA, I ended up with being Executive Platinum on AA, Silver on Delta and A-list on Southwest. If you're not as familiar with frequent flyer programs as most CRAs are, that means I did well over 160 flights in one calendar year.

I think what really gets people is the UN-ENDING travel. You will be on a plane every week without exception- yes, even on holiday weeks because you got to make those metrics. As a CRA you can forget about having dinner with the kids, being able to go to see your friend's band play or having a 40-hour work week. Your personal life really suffers- so you really have to love what you do. People like to travel, until they never understand the reality of being on a plane EVERY week and there being no end in sight until they live it.

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lucyK in Saint Louis, Missouri

2 months ago

I a B.S. in Biotechnology with about three years experience in research labs and two years in a production lab. Ive been attempting to get an entry level position in clinical research. I would like to eventually become a CRA. I have been considering getting my M.S. in Clinical Research Administration from Walden University. I was hoping once I start the program it might help me find a position. Thoughts or Opinions?

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Jeff in Irving, Texas

1 month ago

Cici in Montreal, Quebec said: Hi to you all,
I have a freind of mine that is a CRA in the Montreal area. She keeps telling me that she needs CRA's let me know if you are interested and i'll see what I can do.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Your friend still hiring CRA..... I am interested
Jeffatubbs@yahoo.com
Thanks
Jeff

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Jeff in Irving, Texas

1 month ago

Is your friend still hiring for cra
I am interested
Jeffatubbs@yahoo.com

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