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jeya in Villecresnes, France

70 months ago

Thank you for your response, can you please describe the job description for a CDM and what the salary range is. Also, how would you go about getting a job in that field? Is it very difficult to get into? Thanks again.

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ninji in Kearny, New Jersey

70 months ago

hi folks,

I am master student of pharmacy. I am planning to get in to either CRA of SAS programming. I was much interested in CRA but after I came to know about lot of travelling, I am thinking about SAS programming. As there is an option going for "Inhouse CRA" but payscale is concern for me. SAS programmer job is purely
9-5, you get time for family and for your self. I am not that picky about field either is CRA or SAS.

Please, guide me regarding payscale in CRA and SAS field. What are the future prospects for both the jobs?

thanks,
Ninji

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Lidya in Jakarta, Indonesia

69 months ago

Hi guys, I'm a CRA for US pharmaceutical company in Jakarta. I've been with this company as a CRA for almost 2 years. Alot of travelling i've made, but 99% was fun! I can go travelling around the world for free, though you had to attend meeting, and training (which is sometimes boring..:)), but you can also enjoy new places (for free).. especially if you like travelling, sightseeing, shopping, and photography and things like that :) Well, being a CRA means that we have to manage ourself, and you know what since i become a CRA, I can arrange and prepare all my needs very well organized and also prepare for other people. I become an on-time person, well-managed, and very organized! But of course sometimes i feel stress and depress especially when we have to understand alot of protocols at once and then have a meeting with Professors, Phd, bla bla. :)
Well, nice to know all CRAs around the world. Btw, one of you telling that u got paid US$15 for an hour. U know what junior CRA here paid US$15 for a day. :( We are in the same background, pharmacy, master in pharmacy or science, but paid less.

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Ocat in Memphis, Tennessee

69 months ago

CRA with Kid in Richmond Hill, Ontario said: Home-base can be a solution, but discipline is the key. On days I fly out I hire nanny and have my mother to come over to watch the kid. You then get the luxury to stay with your kid the whole day when not flying. Bonus is, you save up mileages and points from hotel for Disneyland tickets for the whole family.

Hi,
I am planning to have a child within the next 2 years and wondered how you make this work - I am a home-based CRA, and currently travel 2-3 days per week. How do you schedule your travel and make it work with a young one at home? thanks!!

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Sandy in San Diego, California

69 months ago

denise in Woodland Hills, California said: I am looking to get into field. Does anyone have any tips on how to do so. I spoke with some one that became a CRA and she did not have an experience I think she worked for Astrozeneca.
i do have my BA. Please let me now if anyone has info

You need to be a nurse or doctor to be able to read medical charts. There are too many CRAs with no formal medical training out there and that is changing. Pharmas, biotechs and CROs are finding out the hard way.

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Rachel in Prairie Village, Kansas

69 months ago

Question for current clinical professionals....

I will be completing a 2nd BS in nursing next year. I would like to get into clinical trials and plan on completing a CRA training/internship program to learn the regs. I won't have time to do both concurrently. Would you advise completing a CRA training program now or after finishing my nursing degree?

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Macy in Tulsa, Oklahoma

69 months ago

To expand on travel for a CRA - mentioned plane then a rental car. So a lot of driving in an unknown state?

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nita in Simpsonville, South Carolina

68 months ago

No; get a job as a study coordinator and work for a few years.

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PJ121465 in Durham, North Carolina

68 months ago

Alot of people use the CRA as a stepping stone to other careers in clinical research like Project Management. I've worked in health care as a paramedic, respiratory therapist and perfusionist for over 15 years. I've only been a CRA for about 3 years but I think its the best job I've ever had. You can expect to work 50-60 hours a week exculsive of travel. You can expect to find yourself stranded in airports alot so airline club memberships are always a good idea and investment (I think the United Red Carpet Club on O'Hare's F concourse is an unofficial CRA hang-out). And definitely make the most of your time at home, spend lots of time with family and friends because it will refresh you.

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PJ121465 in Durham, North Carolina

68 months ago

Skye Traveler in Sonoma, California said: For reference, this sounds more like a CRC, or a Clinical Research Coordinator than a CRA...thus the lower pay, which is typical...that is typical.

NIH and NCI sponsored programs call the on-site coordinators CRAs. It can be a little confusing when you're looking at job lisitings and one CRA position pays 20 bucks an hour and the other pays 80 grand a year.

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Freddy61 in Hartford, Connecticut

68 months ago

PJ121465 in Durham, North Carolina said: Alot of people use the CRA as a stepping stone to other careers in clinical research like Project Management. I've worked in health care as a paramedic, respiratory therapist and perfusionist for over 15 years. I've only been a CRA for about 3 years but I think its the best job I've ever had. You can expect to work 50-60 hours a week exculsive of travel. You can expect to find yourself stranded in airports alot so airline club memberships are always a good idea and investment (I think the United Red Carpet Club on O'Hare's F concourse is an unofficial CRA hang-out). And definitely make the most of your time at home, spend lots of time with family and friends because it will refresh you.

What do you like so much about it? 50-60 hours a week OUTSIDE of the time spent traveling... What are you working on apart from the report after a site visit?

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PJ121465 in Durham, North Carolina

68 months ago

Freddy61 in Hartford, Connecticut said: What do you like so much about it? 50-60 hours a week OUTSIDE of the time spent traveling... What are you working on apart from the report after a site visit?

Freddy, its all about job satisfaction. At the end of the day, sometimes a real long one, I feel like I accomplished alot to a greater end. I know that sounds corny but its true. I work at a small CRO where I have alot more responsibilities than just monitoring. I assist in business development, start-up activities, staff development, SOP development, and any number of other things.

Its also what you do with your down time. I know people on Wall Street who see less of their families than I do, when I worked in NYC, doing 12 hour night shifts, they were essentially 18 hour days with commutes thrown in. 50-60 hours a week outside of travel isn't so bad. Now even with travel, I'm home at a decent hour, I get to spend time with my family and with all my travel, we haven't paid for a family trip in 2 years. So now, when I get 4 weeks paid vacation a year and I take every minute of it.

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PJ121465 in Durham, North Carolina

68 months ago

mohammed in New Brunswick, New Jersey said: If you want a good family life then CRA is not right place for you. Consider of going in to Pharmacovigilance or CDM

I know plenty of CRAs with great family lives and plenty of CDMs who work 16 hour days. Don't paint with a broad brush.

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amars1023 in Waltham, Massachusetts

68 months ago

Sandy in San Diego, California said: You need to be a nurse or doctor to be able to read medical charts. There are too many CRAs with no formal medical training out there and that is changing. Pharmas, biotechs and CROs are finding out the hard way.

This is absolutely not true. Sure it takes time to learn to read the charts, but many people w/o medical degrees can do this. Remember that a CRA is not responsible for reviewing clinical conduct at a site. We are primarily responsible for ensuring that subjects meet entry criteria and that protocol-required data is being collected for study inegrity purposes. Often, I think that individuals w/ formal medical training become distracted from our primary data-review purpose by critiquing care given at a site. That said, there are probably trials that are better-suited for individuals w/ medical training, like oncology or critical care studies.

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PJ121465 in Durham, North Carolina

68 months ago

amars1023 in Waltham, Massachusetts said: This is absolutely not true. Sure it takes time to learn to read the charts, but many people w/o medical degrees can do this. Remember that a CRA is not responsible for reviewing clinical conduct at a site. We are primarily responsible for ensuring that subjects meet entry criteria and that protocol-required data is being collected for study inegrity purposes. Often, I think that individuals w/ formal medical training become distracted from our primary data-review purpose by critiquing care given at a site. That said, there are probably trials that are better-suited for individuals w/ medical training, like oncology or critical care studies.

Here here. I know some monitors who operate at a very high level with little or no formal medical background. The traits they all share are highly developed organizational skills and attention to detail.

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Freddy61 in Hartford, Connecticut

68 months ago

PJ121465 in Durham, North Carolina said: Freddy, its all about job satisfaction. At the end of the day, sometimes a real long one, I feel like I accomplished alot to a greater end. I know that sounds corny but its true. I work at a small CRO where I have alot more responsibilities than just monitoring. I assist in business development, start-up activities, staff development, SOP development, and any number of other things.

Its also what you do with your down time. I know people on Wall Street who see less of their families than I do, when I worked in NYC, doing 12 hour night shifts, they were essentially 18 hour days with commutes thrown in. 50-60 hours a week outside of travel isn't so bad. Now even with travel, I'm home at a decent hour, I get to spend time with my family and with all my travel, we haven't paid for a family trip in 2 years. So now, when I get 4 weeks paid vacation a year and I take every minute of it.

Very interesting! Is it generally a "team" of CRA's responsible for a start-up activities? I guess what I'm wondering is if more than one CRA is needed to manage and monitor most studies.

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GG in Knightdale, North Carolina

68 months ago

Check to see if Parexel is in your area. When you pull up their job search do not put in a particular location just "choose all" you will see the CRA entry level positions advertised where they train you. Hope this helps!

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GG in Knightdale, North Carolina

68 months ago

spennie in Brooklyn, New York said: Hi Everyone, I have a BS in chemistry and interested in becoming a clinical research associate. How would I go about this. Does anyone know about programs with externships in New York
Check to see if Parexel is in your area. When you pull up their job search do not put in a particular location just "choose all" you will see the CRA entry level positions advertised where they train you. Hope this helps

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Sothankful4CRAs in Tampa, Florida

66 months ago

Just wanted to comment on the work/life balance for CRAs, you do travel more as a CRA with CROs, but there are programs out there that work directly with the pharmaceutical companies that have regional travel. Kforce Clinical Research is partners with Hoffmann La-Roche, Pfizer, and Merck and these CRAs have families and definitely a great quality of life. The travel is a mix of air and driving. Just wanted to throw that out there as a suggestion and something you all may want to look into. The only caveat is you need to have at least 2 or 3 years experience as a CRA

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shrtncute in Raleigh, North Carolina

62 months ago

I have a friend that has been laid off from Verizon (working with DSL lines) and wants to get into Pharmaceutical field (a total turn around). She just obtained her Masters in Business. She's taking some type of BioTech class at a local community college. Is taking this class a good start for her to get into Pharmaceuticals? What else would she need to do or take to get her foot in the door? She has alot of Customer Service experience also.

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Ruthie in Boca Raton, Florida

62 months ago

Hi guys, I read all the comments you posted and they are very helpful. I'm just starting to research this field and I'm trying to get the best academic instruction possible. My background is a little different than yours, I'm a psychologist with a masters in drug abuse and I also have 3 years of medical school.I would need some help in choosing a CRA program that is really worth to do, if possible on line. Can someone help me with that?

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Alice in Edmonton, Alberta

62 months ago

Hi there,

Does anyone can tell me whether CRA also involved in writing scietific papers for publications? For example, reviewing the literature, designing research experiments, collecting and analyzing data including statystical analysis, interpreting the data, or assisting grant writing?

Thanks!

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amars1023 in Halifax, Nova Scotia

62 months ago

Hi wlcphtnc -

I noticed that you mention 'CRC' in your post. For clarification purposes please note that a CRC is a clinical research coordinator (aka study coordinator). A CRC assists the principal investigator at a hospital/clinic, interacting with subjects and collecting pertinent data for the study. The posts on this board are discussing 'CRA' or clinical research associate (aka monitor) positions. A CRA works either for a drug/device company (sponsor) or for a company contracted by a sponsor company (aka contract research organization or CRO). A CRA can have a broad range of responsibilities depending on the size of the company employing this individual. Essentially, the job can be described in two parts: 1) onsite monitoring (ie visiting a site/hospital and performing audit-like functions) and 2) logistics (ie ensuring that sites have study-required supplies and generating study-required documents like protocols, consent forms, source documents, etc). I hope that clarification helps.

If you would like a CRC position your best bet will be to look at hospitals in the area or at independent sites (aka commercial sites).

I have a friend who has become a CRA after being a CPhT for several years, so yes, it can be done. Actually, research triangle (Raleigh/Durham area) is a great area to try to get into the field, particularly for CRA positions at CROs.

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amars1023 in Halifax, Nova Scotia

62 months ago

Alice in Edmonton, Alberta said: Hi there,

Does anyone can tell me whether CRA also involved in writing scietific papers for publications? For example, reviewing the literature, designing research experiments, collecting and analyzing data including statystical analysis, interpreting the data, or assisting grant writing?

Thanks!

Hi there - CRAs typically are not involved in research/literature review and writing scientific paper publications. We can be involved in writing or reviewing protocols and consent forms. Some of us do also have a hand in clinical study reports, but this is most often a review function for consistency with operational aspects of the trial. You would probably be more interested in a position with a title along the lines of 'medical writer' or 'medical science specialist'. You may need a medical degree (ie MD or RN) or an advanced science degree (ie MS or PhD) for this position.

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CC in Mishawaka, Indiana

59 months ago

Read all the posts and was very impressed at how supportive everyone is. Of the many forums I've looked at so far, CRAs are the most helpful and honest people. =) As a recent graduate (BS in Biological Sciences), it can be overwhelming trying to figure out which direction to take next. I am seriously considering getting certified as a Cytotechnologist, CRA or CRC but feel like I need to research them further. From the previous posts, many have mentioned online training courses or certification for CRA/CRC to be a bad idea. What's the best route for someone like me (who does not have a medical background)? Any further information is much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!!!

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Samira in Bangalore, India

52 months ago

Lidya in Jakarta, Indonesia said: Hi guys, I'm a CRA for US pharmaceutical company in Jakarta. I've been with this company as a CRA for almost 2 years. Alot of travelling i've made, but 99% was fun! I can go travelling around the world for free, though you had to attend meeting, and training (which is sometimes boring..:)), but you can also enjoy new places (for free).. especially if you like travelling, sightseeing, shopping, and photography and things like that :) Well, being a CRA means that we have to manage ourself, and you know what since i become a CRA, I can arrange and prepare all my needs very well organized and also prepare for other people. I become an on-time person, well-managed, and very organized! But of course sometimes i feel stress and depress especially when we have to understand alot of protocols at once and then have a meeting with Professors, Phd, bla bla. :)
Well, nice to know all CRAs around the world. Btw, one of you telling that u got paid US$15 for an hour. U know what junior CRA here paid US$15 for a day. :( We are in the same background, pharmacy, master in pharmacy or science, but paid less.

Hello Lidya!
Yes, A CRA's job needs lot of alertness and at times no sleep.. completely agree, by the way..i m working as Senior Clincal Research Associate in Sanfi-aventis. Would be relocating in Jakarta,is there any opportunity for me to continue my career in Jakarta.
I would appreciate your reply..
my email-samira.shetye@gmail.com
Regards

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DrBus in Saint Lucia, Australia

52 months ago

Nitin Bansal in Sydney, Australia said: Its a great conversation tht gives lots of info abt CRA.
Me too wanna knw a lot abt CRA. Thing is I'm thinking to switch over to this field.
I'm a pharmacist working in a community pharmacy for last 2 years here in Sydney.
But now want to have some current in my job life s thinking about it.
My query is : Is clinical data mgt a good job or the CRA position ??

Are you interested in starting up a new company

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noims in Quezon City, Philippines

49 months ago

thanks for this forum. i learned a lot from it about being a cra. i saw some job post for cra here in the philippines and they require a BS degree in any life science course and a two or three years of experience in this job. im a BS Biochemistry degree holder but i have no experience. do some pharma companies hire and offer training for a fresh grad?

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amars1023 in Watertown, Massachusetts

49 months ago

Sometimes a company will start you as a clinical research assistant for a year or two. It often helps to have experience as a study coordinator (someone working at a hospital/clinic helping the MD enroll subjects) first. Most of the time companies will be looking for some sort of experience though.

If there is a local CRO (contract research org = contracts w/ pharma companies to perform study oversight functions), you might want to ask what sort of candidates they would consider. Not sure about CROs in the Phillipines but here are a few of the larger, world-wide ones: Quintiles, PPD, INC Research, Parexel, ICON, PRA International and Covance. There are many others besides these and most countries have smaller, local CROs that sometimes have alliances with these larger companies. Hope that was helpful.

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MKORI in Ottawa, Ontario

47 months ago

I think being a CRA could be an excellent career choice for you!

But, since you have a family, you'll need to talk to them about it first. Will they be able to handle you being away from home 4 or 5 days a week? Are you willing to give up spending your evenings with your spouse and children? Will your spouse be able to keep track of everything when you are not there? Make sure you openly and honestly discuss what pursuing a career as a CRA will mean with them and make sure that they are willing to sacrifice for your career.

It will be difficult to get your first job so maybe you can take an assistance job to see if you like the industry to get experience and see if you like it. You'll have to totally re-write your resume and put a 'clinical-research spin' on it. Don't emphasize your lab skills, emphasis your clinical and language skills to stand out from the other freshers.

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geedee in Newark, New Jersey

46 months ago

i've a BSc. in Chemistry and i wanted to do a diploma in CRA.is this a good move when compared to analytical chemistry

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jj in Wilmington, North Carolina

46 months ago

In the USA, a CRA diploma isn't worthwhile. The diploma programs aren't worth anything without experience in clinical trials. Since you already have a BS, I would get a MS in Clinical Research while you gain entry-level experience as a CRC, data management or as a CRA-assistant/project assistant.

As for whether you want to go into analytical chemistry or clinical research, that's completely up to your interests. Being a CRA is a big sacrifice with all the travel, so you really have to love the job to get through all the stress it brings. Pick what you WANT to do, not what will be the best move.

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DPH in Wake Forest, North Carolina

46 months ago

sweetgourd in Princeton, New Jersey said: Hi my girlfriend is getting into this field since she likes traveling. however she also agrees that in the long run it isn't the best choice for the family. so i am wondering what ppl would typically choose to do if they decide to quit? as it's been discussed, CRC is a downgrade in terms of the income. anything good suggestions what a CRA becomes after he/she quits?

As your girlfriend gains experience, she may find interest in a different field in clinical research (i.e. Data Management, Medical Writing, etc). If she truly enjoys clinical, she may have the opportunity to matriculate into a Sr. CRA role, which requires much less travel. The Sr. CRA "manages" the CRAs in the field.

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Kathy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

44 months ago

Diya,

The answer to the question: While performing Partial Source Data Verification, how do you select the data?
is always, "As specified in the monitoring plan."

The CRA does not have the option to choose which data is reviewed or if partial source data verification is even allowed in the study. It is the CRA's job to follow the monitoring plan that has been approved by the sponsor.

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aua3737 in Astoria, New York

41 months ago

elvia saravia in New York, New York said: What is a CDM?

NO SE ESCONDE. ME BUSCA AMI POR QUE NO LA ENCUENTRAN. ESO ES TODO. YA SABE QUIEN SOY. nO ME LLAME CON RESTRICTED, NO REGISTRA TENGA BUEN DIA.

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Matthew in New York, New York

41 months ago

Linda Lynch in Kansas City, Missouri said: Can anyone comment on the Travel Reports that must be accomplished for traveling CRA?

I'm sure different for each company...wondering how much time they take.

Travel reports usually take about 3 hours a report (sometimes more, sometimes less depending on site performance). It usually takes an hour to write the follow up letter. After you write the report, it goes to your supervisor and they will request changes which usually take 10-20minutes to complete. A monitoring report for me is about 8 pages long and the follow up letter is usually 3 pages long (single spaced). The longest report I've ever written was 26 pages long/12 page follow up letter.

On top of writing the site report, you will also have to do an expense report for fees occurred on the road traveling and produce original receipts. Expense reports take 30-45 minutes, depending on the length of the trip.

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RN in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

41 months ago

Some here mention working as a CRC as helpful in obtaining experience for a future CRA position, however would taking a job as a drug safety associate be helpful in getting a future CRA position? I am an RN as well.

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CRA in Fairfield, Connecticut

41 months ago

It is a possibility - you will be reviewing SAEs and AEs on a daily basis which is relevant to a CRA position, but you would also have this aspect (plus a lot more) as a CRC (it would obviously be the process of obtaining the SAE/AE information from the patient and reporting it). I think it really depends on your options right now - this would be a step in the door, but a CRC may be more helpful in the long run.

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amars1023 in Roslindale, Massachusetts

41 months ago

RN in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania said: Some here mention working as a CRC as helpful in obtaining experience for a future CRA position, however would taking a job as a drug safety associate be helpful in getting a future CRA position? I am an RN as well.

It's possible that you could move from a drug safety position to a CRA role; however, I do not see this as an easy transition without an intermediate step. The reason that people will tell you that CRC experience (i.e. on-site study coordinator) is useful, is because you will already be familiar with regulatory documents and data collection practices. To transition from a safety position (i.e. where you will be reviewing special safety reports called Serious Adverse Events or SAEs), you will be missing a lot of the everyday onsite know-how and reg doc knowledge that comes with being a study coordinator.

Just by way of clarification, please note that some pharma companies/CROs call clinical trial assistants 'CRCs' as well. This is another path to becoming a CRA, as the clin assists collect and review reg documents in-house for the company. This was my path to becoming a CRA withough any study coordinating experience. Hope that helps - good luck!

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Sarah in London, United Kingdom

39 months ago

Hi. Has anyone been to the Quintiles assessment day? I'v heard there are ice-breakers, group excerises, interviews and a presentation? Can anyone confirm this? Thanks

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Sarah in London, United Kingdom

39 months ago

Hi. Can anyone please tell me what the main challenges of being a CRA are? Thanks.

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Casper

39 months ago

Its not the professional challenges, the personal challenges are so much harder.

To me, the challenge is being away from your family every night. It takes a lot to be away from them 4 days a week and it's really hard to maintain your relationship when your partner is always home alone feeling like they are waiting on you. What would I give to be able to do a load of laundry on a Monday night or go out to wing night with friends for happy hour?

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Sarah in Harrow, United Kingdom

39 months ago

Casper said: Its not the professional challenges, the personal challenges are so much harder.

To me, the challenge is being away from your family every night. It takes a lot to be away from them 4 days a week and it's really hard to maintain your relationship when your partner is always home alone feeling like they are waiting on you. What would I give to be able to do a load of laundry on a Monday night or go out to wing night with friends for happy hour?

Thanks for your response.

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potential offer in Raleigh, North Carolina

39 months ago

These posts have been really helpful. I left a somewhat stable job after being sick of weekends, holidays and long hour, sometimes 14 hour days. I interviewed for a Clinical Research Coordinator and the position sounds really exciting and challenging. I'm not quite sure about the salary being offered since you need a huge amount of flexibility. I met with three different people over the course of 2 hours. The first person I met with made it seem like you could work whatever suited you as long as you could complete the work within an 8 hour time period. The second person made it seem like they had part time staff for late nights and the third person made it seem like I would be required to be at work at 5:30 in the morning. I am all for working hard and the opportunity to advance in my career, however how do I go about getting more clarification on what the hours really entail without losing my chances of this position? By the way I also have teenagers at home and a somewhat supportive husband.

Thanks

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Michael in Bondi, Australia

39 months ago

To 'potential offer':

They are probably all correct.

It depends on the requirements of the trial you happen to be working on. If it requires fasting bloods to be taken and subjects need to get to work, you need to be there early to make that happen. If a trial requires subjects to stay overnight- so do you.

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Merideth in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

39 months ago

Hi ' potential offer',

You never really know what your life will be like as a CRC until you actually get assigned to a study. Sometimes, you'll be on a blood pressure study and you'll need to get bp's first thing in the morning, you may get put on a sleep study and have to be up all night, you may get a few subjects who require weekend or evening appointments.

Fitting the subject (patient) schedule and the protocol requirements will dictate your working hours. With each new protocol and group of patients your schedule will change.

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potential offer in Raleigh, North Carolina

39 months ago

I think the majority are allergy/asthma/respiratory studies.

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TheDurhamBull in Durham, North Carolina

38 months ago

Pankaj in Bangalore, India said: Hi Everyone, I am currently undergoing a diploma course for CRA, and I want to make my career in this field. This is indeed a very helpful conversation.

I agree, very helpful insight. I have a BS in Criminal Justice and have worked in federal law enforcement for the past 10 years (Washington, Dc). Due to the stress, I just relocated back in NC where I am planning to enroll this fall to obtain my associates degree in Clinical Trials. I was torn between Clinical Trials and Dental Hygienstry. Does anybody have anymore info or advice to add?

Thanks

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James in Seattle, Washington

37 months ago

'Potential offer'- not sure if you will ever see this - but I was curious as to what your work/education experience was prior to applying for the CRC position.

(I'm trying to become a CTA or CRC)

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harshu in tarrytown, New York

37 months ago

Experienced CRA in Durham, North Carolina said: This is a fun question. Here is what you do...
Get up and pack for your flight. Get to the airport an hour early. Get delayed two hours. 10% chance of luggage not arriving but your computer bag is so heavy with laptop and protocols, that you had to check you bag. Pick up your rental car, pick up some carry-out, head for the hotel, work in the hotel on reports/emails/spreadsheets until midnight, sleep just long enough to still get to your site by 9am. Meet with the Study Coordinator, check everything they were supposed to do from your last visit, use internet database or paper to 'monitor' their data versus their medical records, issue queries (questions), check their regulatory documents, count their pills, talk to the MD for 3-5 mins, head back to the airport (you skipped breakfast & lunch, had some trail mix from your computer bag), get home at midnight if you are lucky or more likely you took a flight to your next city to repeat the process tomorrow. On the days you don't do this, you work in the office printing letters/writing reports/responding to emails/calling sites you didn't visit recently. You have to be a good time manager for yourself - no one is doing it for you. The good points - flexible schedule when you are not traveling, make your own visit dates, see new places, independence from 8hr/day office life. You are the money-maker for the CRO so you are well-treated as an employee. As long as you can get your family to agree with this sort of schedule, you'll enjoy it.

Hey buddy any tips for landing that first job as a CRA. I am starting to get hopeless now as I have not got a single phone call for an interview. I have an MS in Pharmaceutical sciences and have experience too. Any staffing agencies you can name??

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