Education: Your Key to Career Advancement

Karen Dziadziola, RN, CCRC, Clinical Research Manager, Carolina Clinical Trials, LLC

Karen Dziadziola, RN, CCRC, Clinical Research Manager, Carolina Clinical Trials, LLC

Editor’s Note: This post is a preview of what you’ll find in the February 2017 issue of Clinical Researcher, which provides key insights on the value of education and training to your career in clinical research.

Education fuels personal and professional growth. Whether you are at the beginning of your career, already established, or even taking your first glances at retirement, now is always the right time to explore classes, webinars, and other events from which you can learn about today’s best ideas and tomorrow’s most likely trends.

Clinical Researcher reached out to ACRP members for feedback on how education has helped them perform their jobs better and avoid the tedium that can morph into burnout.

“I find education and constant training are effective in helping all staff involved in the research process to stay sharp and focused on requirements to perform job functions,” says Karen Dziadziola, RN, CCRC, a clinical research manager with Carolina Clinical Trials, LLC.

“I think that the advancement of our careers is a positive effect of ongoing training, but the bigger picture is our responsibility as professionals to continuously improve the field,” says Samkeliso Beusterien, MS, CCRP, CCRA, with the University of Michigan Health System.

Marty Osbourn, RN, ADN, CCRC, research director for Kentucky Pediatric/Adult Research, has managed a clinical research site within a private practice for 25 years. She sees the value of training from another perspective. “I am consistently faced with the dilemma of the level of education of a potential employee when I hire,” she says. “Over the years, I have learned that there are so many aspects to conducting clinical trials, and the level of education required for those aspects vary.”

The benefits of education are tangible for Beusterien. “We are incorporating risk-based monitoring into the monitoring plan for one of our trials,” she explains. As part of her preparation, Beusterien completed the ACRP eLearning course, Risk-Based Monitoring: The Essentials for CRAs. She also found the ACRP Online Conference Library replay of a presentation from a recent Meeting & Expo (Remote Monitoring: How Far Can We Go?) very helpful.

“These educational resources helped me to think about my role in implementing a successful risk-based monitoring plan, and even my strategy and goals when I go out on a site visit,” she adds.



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