The clinical research coordinator is responsible for the coordination, implementation, and conduct of multiple research trials. This includes screening, recruitment, enrollment of patients, as well as facilitating the consenting process. The individual will monitor the progress and completion of clinical trials and ensure proper documentation is kept according to good clinical practice (GCP) and site SOPS’s.
Where Does a CRC Work?
A CRC may work in a physician office, a hospital, a drug store, or could work remotely overseeing multiple sites.
What Is the Job Demand for a CRC?
Clinical research is growing at about 10% year over year. With the number and complexity of studies increasing, there will be no lack of demand for the CRC role. Additionally, with drug chains now getting involved in clinical research, there will be growing demand there as well.
Associates or Bachelors in the life sciences, business administration, or health services administration required. Strong presentation, communication (oral and written), documentation, and negotiation skills. Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), email, and voicemail. Ability to understand and interpret clinical protocols and associated study specifications. Proficient in computer skills (PowerPoint, Access or equivalent) is preferred. Must be able to communicate effectively and collaboratively with a research team.
Maintain a high level of knowledge and understanding of assigned protocols, including all protocol requirements for patient visits, obtaining informed consent, patient visit schedules, test procedures, laboratory information, and drug accountability requirements.
Responsible for the formation and completion of all study documentation forms, including source documentation, case report forms, and other study-specific documents.
Coordinate and conduct patient care visits and assure all procedures are conducted in compliance with the clinical protocol.
Interact with Clinical Research Lead and sub-investigators as needed to assure the patient receives appropriate medical evaluation and care when needed, and alert the Clinical Research Lead of serious adverse events.
Interacts with and maintains close communication with the sponsor’s Clinical Research Associate to facilitate the sponsor monitoring and database clean-up process.
Attends sponsor Investigator/Study Coordinator meetings as needed for assigned protocols.
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