Your First PI Will Probably Leave Your Clinical Research Startup Site

I have seen time and time again, both personally, and in my work with clinical research sites all over the world, that a site's Principal Investigator is really what will determine a site's ultimate success or failure.  Typically, and especially with new sites, PI's will ultimately leave their first site either to start their own once they figure out the business aspects, join a competitor, or retire from clinical trials altogether.  Knowing this, research sites should constantly be recruiting new Investigators to join their organizations.   Never get too dependent on one PI!

How Contract Research Organizations Staff CRA's For Particular Clinical Trial Projects

Ever wondered how Contract Research Organizations select which Clinical Research Associates will be put on which clinical trial?  In this video I try to demystify this CRA staffing topic and discuss how the Sponsor can also tend to influence things.  

The Truth About Clinical Research Site Training Hint It's Free!

There are countless clinical research training vendors touting the importance of site training.  This training is indeed important, but what they do not tell you is that the only 3 trainings you will actually need from a practical perspective (excluding hundreds of medical assessments, etc) are Good Clinical Practice, NIH Protecting Human Research Subjects, and IATA (for those who will be shipping and processing lab samples).  The other good news here is that all of these are FREE to anyone with a search engine at their disposal (oh wait, that's all of us).

My Live Interview For An Oncology CRA Job

Through my CRA Academy, I provide students and eventually graduates with interview prep services.  Clinical Research Associates are currently in high demand, especially on the West Coast, and especially in oncology.  In this video I was on a live, unscripted interview.  Please pay attention the questions asked of me and my comments written across the screen in addition to the recruiter's questions.    

How To Get Clinical Trial Patient Referrals From A Hospital

I recently received a question from a viewer who works for a research clinic that is associated to a large hospital.  I give some advice on how this site director can go about getting clinical trial patient referrals from these large hospital systems that tend to not have much (if any) interest in clinical research.  While these situations may be difficult, it is not impossible, and there is an opportunity for a good amount of success in many cases.  

How A Clinical Research Study Coordinator Can Become A Research Company Owner

In this video I discuss why I believe the best clinical research site owners are study coordinators themselves.  While there is certainly a lot more to running a business than just being a study coordinator, having the technical expertise required to effectively execute a clinical study is something that cannot be learned overnight, and is not necessarily cheap to outsource.  

Does A PI Have To Be An MD In Clinical Trials? How A Non-Physician Can Still Do Clinical Research!

usually Principal Investigators are required to be licensed physicians when it comes to participating in clinical trials.  Non physicians such as chiropractors, registered nurses, physician assistants are typically relegated to sub investigator positions.  There are however, always exceptions to the rules.  

The Pitfalls To Avoid As A New Clinical Research Site Owner With My Biz Partner Saleh Stevens

Saleh Stevens, CEO of Continental Clinical Solutions, opened his clinic in Baltimore, MD with our help in 2014.  In this interview we discuss some of the early challenges that an clinical research site would face, how he is building a Site Management Organization, what he does to attract research naive physicians and lots of other actionable clinical research business building strategies.  Grab some popcorn, your favorite beverage, kick back and enjoy! 

The Practical Implications Of Risk Based Monitoring For Clinical Research Sites

Risk Based Monitoring is more than just a buzzword.  Pharmaceutical Sponsors are increasingly looking for ways to cut costs when it come to their clinical research studies and risk based monitoring is a viable option.  In this video I attempt to demystify this topic and share some practical implications of risk based monitoring in clinical trials and drug development.  To learn more about how this will disrupt the clinical research industry in general, read my article here

The Benefits Of Hands On Experience In Clinical Research Career Development

There is no substitute for hands on experience in the clinical research industry.  This is even more true when trying to get hired as a clinical research associate or a clinical research coordinator.  I tell my students at TheCRAAcademy.com all the time, get your hands on experience any way you can: volunteer, intern, work part time, find an entry level job, and work your way up!  There is no substitute for real world experience.  

Recruitment companies for CRA jobs and the salary arbitrage in clinical research

Many people are naturally attracted to the world of clinical research monitoring as a career due to the relatively high salaries.  There is currently a huge demand for experienced clinical research associates, but what does one with little to no experience do?  I always recommend you get started as a clinical research coordinator or clinical trial assistant, however there may be another option: recruitment companies.  These organizations are paid by contract research organizations or sponsors to find qualified candidates to be hired as CRA's (monitors).  In this video I discuss some of the salary arbitrage that goes on in these situations.