Cheers – Launch Party a Success!

cheers San Francisco and the clinops toolkit

Dinner is served This week I held a networking event to officially launch the Clinical Operations Toolkit. I co-hosted a complimentary dinner at a restaurant in Burlingame, a lovely city in the San Francisco Bay Area peninsula.  Space was limited but the event was open to all blog subscribers, ClinOps Toolkit Facebook followers, Twitter followers,…

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A Want or a Need?

A want or a need? Just put it on the corporate American Express card

What do we spend our money on to conduct a clinical trial? My team at work just wrapped up a large multi-national Phase II CNS clinical trial.  As June ended, we handed over the final invoices and accruals to the friendly folks in finance.  By the numbers, we utilized somewhere around 20 individual vendors to…

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What is the conference call dial-in number?

What is the conference call dial-in number? Put the Dial-In Information in a Repeating ‘All-Day” Calendar Event

Early Morning Conference Call? I hope you’ve had your coffee if you have an early morning conference call. I always have the hardest time locating the dial-in number and remembering the cryptic pin. I’ve tried committing it to memory but it is just too long and random and I always get some digits mixed up.…

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Do you know a CRA Rockstar, a Super Study Coordinator, or an excellent PM?

Pharmatimes US Clinical Researcher of The Year

Tell Them About the US Clinical Researcher of The Year Competition The US Clinical Researcher of the Year competition has been accepting nominations since March.  They will continue to accept nominations until September, but why wait?  Nominate someone today who works hard in Clinical Research and deserves to be recognized.  There are separate categories of awards…

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Are you at DIA? #DIA2013

This weekend, many clinical research folks headed to Boston for the 49th annual Drug Information Association conference.  Although I didn’t make it this year, I’d love to hear from you if you attended; especially if you are a Clinical Research Associate. Is the conference valuable for CRAs?  Would you like to share some highlights of…

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I should have gone to DIA (Part II) #DIA2013

Regrettably, I’m not in Boston for the DIA Conference This year I missed out on the Drug Information Association (DIA) conference but hopefully I can attend in 2014.  The fact that I am not attending didn’t stop me from browsing the conference schedule for the DIA 2013 49th Annual Meeting.  Yesterday, I posted a list of…

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I should have gone to DIA #DIA2013

New Blog series: The Buzz Each year in my professional development goals I try to identify at least one industry conference to attend, choose job-related books, podcasts, and webinars to consume and share with my colleagues, and attend local networking events for ACRP, HBA, Women in Bio, etc. Today I am kicking off a new…

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Change of Season

Springtime adverse effects can affect compliance and recruitment for clinical trials

The Change of Season May Impact the Conduct of your Clinical Trial Happy Summer Solstice. As we enjoy a long midsummer day today in San Francisco I am considering the impact that the change of seasons has on clinical trials. Most trial timelines will span several seasons so as Trial Managers, we try to predict…

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The Lead CRA Interview with an Independent CRA

Annmarie loves boating on lake michigan when she is not busy as a CRA

An Interview with an Independent CRA The Lead CRA asks: Annmarie, when you show up on site you always have your objectives planned out. What kind of prep work do you complete prior to visiting a clinical site for the first time? Annmarie: I send a detailed confirmation letter indicating my goals and expectations. So that…

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Powerpoint Presenter View

powerpoint presenter view: you see your speaker notes on the laptop as you project but your audience does not

My Speaker Notes A few years ago I gave my first presentation at a professional conference. I was in unchartered territory but happily, friends helped me out with my powerpoint template, slidedeck review and edits, and lots of mock run-throughs; for all that support, I am grateful. What they didn’t show me was ‘Presenter View’.…

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