The pharmaceutical industry is responsible for bringing in new drugs for the treatment of diseases. For this, it largely depends on clinical studies and trials conducted by clinical research teams that include research associates and other professionals.
If you're looking for a job in clinical research field and just starting out, you've surely considered training. One google search on 'training in clinical research' yields many links of institutes offering clinical research training. Everyone wants your attention - from mom and pop training institutes to reputed universities to credible industry associations - and all are offering great options to pursue training in clinical research, which can serve as stepping stone to your desired role in clinical research.
Regulatory affairs (RA) professionals are responsible for ensuring compliance with applicable global laws and regulations in development and commercialisation of new drugs and healthcare products. It is a young, multidimensional profession that is international in scope, given that it deals with local and international stakeholders in healthcare to ensure compliance and safety of pharmaceutical products.
This is an exciting career choice in healthcare for those who prefer non-clinical settings and want to combine their technical as well as business and management skills.
Here are top five reasons why this young profession of RA has become an attractive career choice recently:
Congratulations! You’ve completed your course work, you’ve passed the exams and now, as a trained clinical research associate (CRA), it’s time to begin the job search. Once the resumes you have sent out result in an interview, it’s time to think about the questions you may be asked. Here are the top five questions you can expect to answer during the clinical research associate interviews.
If you are a doctor born and educated outside the US, and have tried to practice medicine in the US, you know that it is a long and tedious journey. All states have various requirements that need to be satisfied in order to practice medicine, such as studying for and successfully completing the so-called “STEP” exams, as there are three steps to completion. Additionally, there is a certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates that must be completed. Finally, proficiency in English and participating in a medical residency, which can take years, and a great deal of money, completes the requirements. Not to mention the emotional, financial and social toll these processes can take on you if you cannot clear any step or fail to find a good residency program.
In our Student and Alumni Profile series, we will regularly feature students and alumni to give you a glimpse of who we are, and more importantly, offer you insights and perspectives if you plan to walk the same path. Meet Nilesh Patel, a chemistry major who, after years of experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing, decided to switch to clinical research. He is currently enrolled in our Clinical Trial Management program and is completing an internship program.
In our Student and Alumni Profile series, we will regularly feature students and alumni to give you a glimpse of who we are, and more importantly, offer you insights and perspectives if you plan to walk the same path. Meet Rudolf Malle, who completed our Clinical Trial Management program and is currently working as Oncology Clinical Trials Manager at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York.
When a new drug is introduced in the market, it has to go through the standard procedures of going through clinical trials. Many new methodologies using technology are introduced to test and analyze these drugs before they reach the consumers. All standards of safety are practiced to ensure a healthier life for the public.