Enhancing Skills for the Clinical Research Practice


Hands-on clinical practicums are proven methodologies supporting training programs. Its outcomes measure the level of mastery for the learners’ performance.  Technology has afforded researchers the opportunity to invent more drugs and devices. However, poor recruitment of minority participants and questionable outcomes continues to plague clinical trial studies. The need for more participants has increased the need for more Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) and Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) to manage the clinical trial. This article describes the development of nine clinical assignments used as hands-on practicums for learners enrolled in a CRA training program. The clinical assignments were a win-win asset to the program. It provided the learner with best practice skills used by CRAs and CRCs managing clinical trials. The clinical assignments also allowed the clinical preceptors to assess the cognitive abilities of the learner as well as the skills of the learner when conducting selected components of clinical trials.

This publication has been peer reviewed.
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Journal Article
Hurst, C., Rati, P., Brown-Joseph, L. and Cronin, M.
Year of Publication: 
Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
Clinical Researcher
Date Published: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
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