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This information is intended to help job seekers and individuals that are new to the clinical research enterprise who are looking for employment opportunities. This was shared with participants at ...

This information is intended to help job seekers and individuals that are new to the clinical research enterprise who are looking for employment opportunities. This was shared with participants at the Career Corner, during the 14th Annual Fall Conference of the Research Triangle Park Chapter of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.



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  • Few individuals seek out clinical research as their primary career goal, after high school or college. It is more common for individuals to find out about opportunities that converge with translatable skill sets (administrative, regulatory, etc.) There are many opportunities in the RTP community and, despite the economic downturn, opportunities are on the rise. Demand continues to grow as our technologies for developing new therapeutics increase
  • The best way to figure out what you want to do… is to figure out what you don’t want to do, first. Assess the value of an opportunity by relating it to your personal and professional goals: more time with your family (precludes travel), do you want to teach/train, manage others? Are you a leader or a follower? Think about your personal goals in the next 5 years. Where are you going? Long term? Short term? What is your desired working environment: corporate, academic, home-based, office-based, patient care setting? Personality Inventories: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), PeopleSoft Community, etc. Determine your level of skill and interest in specific areas: basic skills (reading, writing, etc.), computer skills, people skills, time management, budgetary, etc. and challenge areas or areas for improvement Assess and anticipate challenges: too little/too much experience, salary, location. Look at challenges as impediments not negatives. Some of these may be perceived by others and create barriers to employment. Some challenges are self-imposed limits that foster growth in other areas (like travel).
  • Contract positions may be facilitated by a recruiting organization Pay used to be higher, often lower for short term opportunities Clinical Research Outsourcing organizations may indemnify you Opportunities for contract renegotiation Permanent Positions Company research may be less relevant in today’s economic environment (employer never had a layoff… contractors?) Salary may be negotiable, depending on total benefits package Independent Consultant Must have at least 2 years of experience Provide References (NETWORKING) Feast or famine Mechanisms for managing overflow and stimulating work
  • This list is not exhaustive and there are lots of other areas where professionals may work in clinical research: medical writing, product supply control/distribution/packaging, subject recruitment, meeting planning, marketing, business development, etc.
  • Academic organizations often have different expectations from an industry service provider. Academic organizations typically place more value on terminal degrees and may open doors for individuals with higher education and less experience. Industry wants proven track record of experience. Academic organizations may also have positions funded by government research grants. This is less likely on the industry side. Site – Sponsor- CRO: Academic Research organization sites have different expectations from Multi-specialty sites or independent research sites. CRO is a great place to learn and will invest in training, where most independent sites anticipate trained professionals. Sponsor typically wants experienced professionals and will have higher compensation to attract these individuals. It is important to understand the geographic diversity within an organization and how this might affect your communication or reporting structure. It may also affect your working hours (if regular calls with an overseas manager or project team are required). Regular intervals for merit pay and promotion are great, but may hold you back, in some circumstances (if there is no ad hoc mechanism for assessing, outside of this schedule) What are your employer’s expectations for professional development/certification and how does the organization invest/support staff training Do you have a predictable schedule? Are there expectations for travel?
  • Some recruiters want your vcard or CV attached to every email. Others may perceive this as overly-aggressive. Ask for their preferred method of receiving your information. Ask them how often you should follow-up (once a week vs. once a month). Ask if they have a backup contact, in case they are out of the office. Don’t cross-contaminate by applying direct for a position that a recruiter submitted you to. You may be removed from the opportunity, summarily, if the vendor cannot figure out whether to pay a recruiting fee or not. If you plant too many seeds, then you reek of desperation. You don’t want your CV to be received by 5 different recruiters for the same job. Touch base, periodically, to let your recruiter know where you want to work or have applied. Ask that they contact you, whenever they submit your information for a position. Contract renegotiation: don’t assume that your options are to renew a contract or drop the position. Ask your recruiter about opportunities for advancement and merit pay at the end of your contract term, before you decide to leave.
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2013  ACRP-RTP 14th Annual Fall Conference Career Corner 2013 ACRP-RTP 14th Annual Fall Conference Career Corner Presentation Transcript

  • Research Triangle Park Chapter - ACRP CAREER CORNER 14TH ANNUAL FALL CONFERENCE © ACRP 2009
  • 2011 Advancing Awareness in Clinical Research Award Laurin Mancour, CCRA, CCRP © ACRP 2009
  • • Translatable skills converge with opportunities • RTP boasts the highest per capita number of PhDs in the country • Our region has a high concentration of institutions performing clinical research – Academic Research Organizations (ARO), Contract Research Organizations (CRO), Sponsors, etc. • Demand continues to grow as we develop new therapies/interventions “The Plan”
  • • The best way to figure out what you want to do… • What are your personal/professional goals? • What type of working environment/corporate culture? – Do you want to work with patients? • What have you enjoyed or learned about yourself from prior positions? • What do you bring to the table? • Assess and anticipate challenges? Exploring Careers
  • • Contract positions are considered temporary or temp to perm opportunities • Permanent positions • Independent consultant – BOP – business owner policy – Secretary of State – register your company – Tax ID (EIN) – Bank accounts – Vendor support (attorney and accountant) Contract or Permanent
  • • Clinical Operations – PA, CRA, Startup, RCM, CSS, CTM, PM, APM, AD, etc. • Legal/Regulatory – Contract specialist, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, IRB • QA/QC – Quality Assurance/Regulatory Compliance • Pharmacovigilance – Drug Safety Specialist, Operations Coordinator, etc. • Data Management – Data Manager, Programmer, Validation/Testing • Research Site – Regulatory Coordinator, CRC, PI, Sub-I, Data Technician Professional Roles
  • • Institutional Factors: – Academia versus Industry – Site - Sponsor - CRO • Geographic diversity of satellite offices • Pathway/ Career progression • Intervals for merit pay and promotion • Mutual expectations for professional development • Scheduling/ Flexibility Organizational Role
  • • State of the industry and economy • Company size and type • Perception of your skills/experience • Education and training • Geographic area • Not the only variable to consider: – Travel, scheduling, stress – Benefits – Support for personal/professional goals Salary Information
  • • Salary.com • RAPS Salary Survey and career connections • CRA Salary and Job Responsibilities article (Jun2008 ACRP Monitor) • SoCRA Salary Survey • Clinical Research Jobs.com • Contract Pharma Salary Survey Salary References
  • • Durham Tech CTRA employment site • Professional Association Career Centers – RAPS, SoCRA, ACRP • LinkedIn • Craigslist and Facebook?! • Career fairs and marketing events – www.ncbiotech.org or www.rtp.org • Monster.com, Medzilla.com, Flipdog, etc. • Recruiting Organizations Resources
  • • NC DHHS job vacancies http://osp.its.state.nc.us/dhhssearchresults3a.asp?va • All NC State jobs (you have to search by category) http://www.osp.state.nc.us/jobs/ • Federal jobs database www.fedjobs.com • Jobs at Duke: www.hr.duke.edu/jobs/ • DCRI job listing: www.dcri.org/about-us/careers/ • Jobs at UNC-CH: http://hr.unc.edu Government/ARO resources
  • • Know your recruiter and their processes • Don’t cross contaminate • Don’t plant too many seeds… • Control your information • Ask about opportunities for contract renegotiation if you are unhappy with your salary Managing Recruiting Relationships
  • • It is not just what you know… it’s also who • LinkedIn – Refer a colleague – Follow groups and events • Professional development meetings – ACRP, SoCRA, and DIA Student Chapter NCRAF, PMI, NCCSQA, AMWA local chapter • VOLUNTEER Networking
  • • MS Office has business card templates Business Cards
  • • A good recruiter will critique your CV • CV should list – Education – Therapeutic Experience (e.g. Nervous System: MS) – Professional Experience – Licenses and Certifications – Professional Development and Affiliations – Publications and Presentations – Computer experience, languages, and other skills – Clinical Trial Experience Resume/CV
  • • About.com (Preparing for a Behavioral Interview) http://jobsearch.about.com/cs/interviews/a/behavioral.htm • Careerbuilder.com (Tricky Interview Questions) http://www.careerbuilder.com/Article/CB-665-Getting-Hired-How-to-Ans • Quintessential Careers (Traditional Interview Questions) http://www.quintcareers.com/interview_questions.html • University of Wisconsin Eau Clair (preparing for an interview) http://www.uwec.edu/career/students/jobsearch/interviewing.htm Prepare for the Interview
  • • Curriculum based programs (DTCC, Campbell, UNC, Duke, UofFL, etc) – First Clinical Directory of Training and Education Providers – Education and Training Directory – Applied Clinical Trials • For profit educational programs • Industry certificates • Industry Certification (CCRA, CCRP, RAC, etc.) Skill building
  • Organization Certification/Credential Reference Society of Clinical Research (SoCRA) Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) www.socra.org   Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA) or Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) www.acrpnet.org   Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Investigators (APPI) Certified Physician Investigator (CPI) www.appinet.org/ Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC) www.raps.org Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) www.pmi.org Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIMR) Certified IRB Professional (CIP) www.primr.org American Society for Quality (ASQ) • Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence Certification (CMQ/OE) • *Quality Auditor Certification (CQA) • Six Sigma Black Belt Certification (SSBB) www.asq.org Society for Clinical Data Management (SCDM) Certified Clinical Data Manager (CCDM) www.scdm.org Model Agreements & Guidelines International (MAGI) Clinical Research Contract Professional (CRCP) www.magiworld.org/certif ication.html Clinical Research Certifications
  • • NCRAF – RAC prep class • NC TraCS Institute – UNC professional development and education • Duke CRSO and IRB • Chapter meetings – ACRP, SoCRA, NCCSQA, AMWA, PMI • CISCRP Aware for All Event (27Oct2012) Community Events
  • • Under Running Clinical Trials, FDA lists Educational Materials • FDA Educational Modules: – CDER Learn – CDRH Learn – OCTGT Learn – FDA Video Webcast Center – More FDA videos • FDA Proposed Regulations and Draft Guidances: http:// www.fda.gov/ScienceResearch/SpecialTopics/RunningClinic Learning with FDA
  • • NIH Bioethics Videos and Podcasts http://www.bioethics.nih.gov/hsrc/index.shtml • NIH Clinical Research Training http://crt.nihtraining.com/login.php • NIH Clinical Research Resources http://ohsr.od.nih.gov/ • NIH Subject Protection http://ohsr.od.nih.gov/sitemap.html • NIH Writing Resources http://nihlibrary.nih.gov/ResearchTools/Pages/Writin NIH Training
  • • http://atheneumconsulting.wordpress.com/ • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative www.citiprogram.org • List of Common Medical Tests (from Merck manual) http://www.merck.com/mmhe/appendixes/ap2/ap2a.html • Medical Library (Merck manual) http://www.merck.com/mmhe/index.html • Complementary and Alternative medicine http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/complementaryandalternativemedicine.htm and http://nccam.nih.gov/ • Surgical Encyclopedia http://www.surgeryencyclopedia.com/ • http://health.nih.gov/ • http://www.nih.gov/icd/ • http://www.cdc.gov/diseasesConditions/ • http://medlineplus.gov/ • www.medscape.com Therapeutic Training
  • • OHRP Videos, Education, and Resources http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/education/index.html • OHRP YouTube playlist: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list? p=5965CB14C2506914 • Subject Assurance Training: http://ohrp- ed.od.nih.gov/CBTs/Assurance/login.asp? Submitted=True&UserType=Login Subject Protection Training
  • • Root Cause Analysis Training Resources: http://www.thinkreliability.com/ • BioPharma Free training resources: http://www.biopharmainstitute.com/training- courses-books/Demo-elearning.php • Institute of Medicine Reports http://www.iom.edu/ • CTEP Resources for Protocol Development: http://ctep.cancer.gov/protocolDevelopment/defaul t.htm#protocol_development Other types of training
  • Do You Want to VOLUNTEER? Benefits: • Networking • Education • Free Admittance to the Fall Conference What we Need? • Marketing / Advertising • Social Event Planning • Sponsor Recruitment • Much More….. © ACRP 2009 EMAIL US at: rtpacrp@gmail.com
  • Receiving your contact hours • You MUST purchase your contact hours online during the allotted time frame for this event. • You MUST complete an online evaluation form 10-30 days post-meeting. This evaluation can be found on the ACRP website on your “My Tests, Evaluations & Certificates” page. • Failure to complete an evaluation form in the timeframe provided will eliminate the opportunity for you to receive contact hours for this meeting. © ACRP 2009
  • More Information on CEUs? • Your Meeting Handouts (Last 3 pages) • ACRP-RTP Website – Upcoming Events © ACRP 2009
  • Stay Connected to Us…. © ACRP 2009 “Like Us” on Facebook “Join Us” on LinkedIn Chapter page on the ACRP Website: http://tinyurl.com/acrprtp RTP-ACRP Chapter Community