Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) work in a team environment under the direction of Principle Investigators. Although the Principle Investigator is responsible for the management of the clinical trial, the CRC handles the bulk of the daily clinical trial activities and is very critical to the success of the trial. The responsibilities of a CRC include organizing a research study site; evaluating new study protocols, recruiting, screening and enrolling clinical study participants; arranging follow-up visits; maintaining and dispensing drug and other study supplies; completing and ensuring the accuracy of case report forms and regulatory documents; and ensuring the adherence to good Clinical Practice guidelines.
Although not required many CRCs may be trained as nurses, certified medical assistants, certified nursing assistants, or any number of medical professionals. They are an increasing number of formal programs available for careers as a CRC at universities and colleges. Certification programs such as the Association for Clinical Research Professional (ACRP) www.acrpnet.org and the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) www.socra.org have been well established for years.
CRCs must possess many skills that range from patient care, interpersonal, organizational and administrative, marketing, and time management. Attention to detail with the ability to be flexible is very important. CRCs are very busy.
Career opportunities for Clinical Research Coordinators are found in hospitals, physicians offices, dedicated research centers, contract research organizations, biomedical research organizations and institutions, specialty disease centers and pharmaceutical and medical device suppliers.
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