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2013 ACRP-RTP 14th Annual Fall Conference Career Corner


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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 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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2013 ACRP-RTP 14th Annual Fall Conference Career Corner

  1. 1. Research Triangle Park Chapter - ACRP CAREER CORNER 14TH ANNUAL FALL CONFERENCE © ACRP 2009
  2. 2. 2011 Advancing Awareness in Clinical Research Award Laurin Mancour, CCRA, CCRP © ACRP 2009
  3. 3. • 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”
  4. 4. • 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
  5. 5. • 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
  6. 6. • 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
  7. 7. • 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
  8. 8. • 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
  9. 9. • • RAPS Salary Survey and career connections • CRA Salary and Job Responsibilities article (Jun2008 ACRP Monitor) • SoCRA Salary Survey • Clinical Research • Contract Pharma Salary Survey Salary References
  10. 10. • Durham Tech CTRA employment site • Professional Association Career Centers – RAPS, SoCRA, ACRP • LinkedIn • Craigslist and Facebook?! • Career fairs and marketing events – or •,, Flipdog, etc. • Recruiting Organizations Resources
  11. 11. • NC DHHS job vacancies • All NC State jobs (you have to search by category) • Federal jobs database • Jobs at Duke: • DCRI job listing: • Jobs at UNC-CH: Government/ARO resources
  12. 12. • 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
  13. 13. • 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
  14. 14. • MS Office has business card templates Business Cards
  15. 15. • 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
  16. 16. • (Preparing for a Behavioral Interview) • (Tricky Interview Questions) • Quintessential Careers (Traditional Interview Questions) • University of Wisconsin Eau Clair (preparing for an interview) Prepare for the Interview
  17. 17. • 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
  18. 18. Organization Certification/Credential Reference Society of Clinical Research (SoCRA) Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP)   Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA) or Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC)   Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Investigators (APPI) Certified Physician Investigator (CPI) Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC) Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIMR) Certified IRB Professional (CIP) American Society for Quality (ASQ) • Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence Certification (CMQ/OE) • *Quality Auditor Certification (CQA) • Six Sigma Black Belt Certification (SSBB) Society for Clinical Data Management (SCDM) Certified Clinical Data Manager (CCDM) Model Agreements & Guidelines International (MAGI) Clinical Research Contract Professional (CRCP) ication.html Clinical Research Certifications
  19. 19. • 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
  20. 20. • 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:// Learning with FDA
  21. 21. • NIH Bioethics Videos and Podcasts • NIH Clinical Research Training • NIH Clinical Research Resources • NIH Subject Protection • NIH Writing Resources NIH Training
  22. 22. • • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative • List of Common Medical Tests (from Merck manual) • Medical Library (Merck manual) • Complementary and Alternative medicine and • Surgical Encyclopedia • • • • • Therapeutic Training
  23. 23. • OHRP Videos, Education, and Resources • OHRP YouTube playlist: p=5965CB14C2506914 • Subject Assurance Training: http://ohrp- Submitted=True&UserType=Login Subject Protection Training
  24. 24. • Root Cause Analysis Training Resources: • BioPharma Free training resources: courses-books/Demo-elearning.php • Institute of Medicine Reports • CTEP Resources for Protocol Development: t.htm#protocol_development Other types of training
  25. 25. 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:
  26. 26. 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
  27. 27. More Information on CEUs? • Your Meeting Handouts (Last 3 pages) • ACRP-RTP Website – Upcoming Events © ACRP 2009
  28. 28. Stay Connected to Us…. © ACRP 2009 “Like Us” on Facebook “Join Us” on LinkedIn Chapter page on the ACRP Website: RTP-ACRP Chapter Community