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

Today I am reflecting on how I came to be a CRA 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…

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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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The Acceptance

I thought long and hard about which employment offer to choose but ultimately went with the larger company. Both companies would have been excellent but Company B just seems more adequately resourced to train me and offer the types of assignments that will be most beneficial at this point in my career (not to mention…

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The Offer(s)

pros many, cons any?

I’m sitting in the airport heading home from my interview. I hope this will be the last interview for a while. Every 6 months I get the urge to switch jobs so I finally just chose a job that changes every 6 months, Clinical Research Associate (CRA). A CRA is responsible for traveling to MD…

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