Hard Times Right Now for a CRA

I received my formal performance review last week and an overall rating of “Exceeds Expectations” with some great input from past Project Leaders/peers and highlights of some of my more notable accomplishments in 2008. I was unprepared for how well I ranked on my metrics so I will keep a closer eye on that in…

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Performance Review Time

Time for a Performance Review at Work A performance review starts with a self assessment First quarter at my company means performance review time. Today I was asked to write a self-assessment of my 2008 performance so I read through cherished old emails from project leaders and peers (I keep these in a special folder…

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How to Break In to the Industry

So, you want to become a CRA? Sure you’re bright, astute, willing to learn, and capable, but getting your foot in the door in this industry can be a real uphill challenge. I know you will find your path, but I can offer some tips and advice to hopefully help you. If you are interested,…

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How I got here: CRA career

Today I am reflecting on how I started my CRA career and thought I would share the specifics of how I ended up where I am today. I did an internship for the marketing department at a large pharmaceutical company all through college and then went to England my final semester to finish school and…

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You might be a CRA if…

So I am doing a little work this weekend and it reminded me of another email forward I received a while back so I am posting it for you all to enjoy: You might be a CRA if….1. You think working on weekends is normal.2. You have ever used a bathroom on an airplane…to change…

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What to Expect at a CRA Interview

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I’m posting to let you know what kinds of questions you might expect to be asked during a CRA interview. Practice these in the shower, in front of the mirror, or with a friend so you are prepared! Typical Questions Here are general questions that you will likely be asked with tips for answering shown…

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Introduction to Monitoring

monitoring tools to save you time

I’ve been out on the road for the past few weeks assisting some other monitors to review patient’s medical records and the data that has been collected for the clinical trial. It occurs to me, that it would be beneficial at this point to further describe to you the roles and expectations of a Clinical…

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Business Travel Safety

who will watch over you when you travel - be safe as a clinical research monitor

Business Travel Safety for a Clinical Research Associate So I have just printed my boarding pass for my first monitoring trip with my new company. This reminds me that there are some great travel safety tips I would like to share with you all. Most of these are common sense or things I have picked…

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Staying Flexible and Creating my CV

Working at home isn’t all bad but I have to stay focused and shoo off distractions like my little yorkie, George. I have been kicked back at home in my bunny slippers pouring through the SOPs and online training courses for my new CRA gig. As of orientation, I was assigned to one study but…

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New Hire Orientation

New Hire Orientation for a Clinical Research Associate Day One of Orientation I have been at new hire orientation all week. We started at 8:30a on Monday with HR. They reviewed new employee stuff including company history, benefits, and general company information. I was greeted at lunch by two long-time employees who took me out…

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