So you've just been assigned to a new clinical research protocol and haven't had a chance to familiarize yourself with all the finer details; what's a study coordinator or cra to do? No worries, your best friend will be the schedule of assessments. If you simply follow the schedule of assessments you will at least understand what procedures (and sometimes even their order) that need to occur at every visit. This by no means makes you an expert on the particular study, but you will at least know the basics. There is never a substitute for a deep understanding of any clinical research protocol.