Firming Up Our Foundation

Clinical Researcher—January 2019 (Volume 33, Issue 1) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE Jim Kremidas       “Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” — Mark Twain   While I suspect his knowledge of clinical trials was limited, author Mark Twain understood the importance of […]

Change is (Still) in the Air

Clinical Researcher—January 2019 (Volume 33, Issue 1) CHAIR’S MESSAGE John P. Neal, CRCP     As the clinical research industry continues to change quickly, I am fortunate to take the reins as Chair of the Association Board of Trustees for ACRP this month, following what was a successful year of firsts for ACRP in 2018. […]

Millennials Won’t Wait Around for Annual Salary Reviews

You’ve just gotten a great performance review from your boss at the end of your first year as a clinical research associate (CRA) or in some other job with a contract research organization (CRO). You’ve grown quickly in the position, working hard by taking courses, attending conferences, and making that extra effort to excel. Then […]

Susan Alderman

Leverage Career Paths to Strengthen Entry-Level Workforce

Mentorship and career paths are underutilized tools to help struggling entry-level clinical trial professionals find their footing more quickly as trials are initiated, says Susan Alderman, PhD, MSN, RN, clinical research director with the Institute of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease at the University of Texas’ McGovern Medical School. “Initiation is more than a single visit,” […]

Flawed Patient-Centered Programs Miss the Mark

“I know everyone is claiming patient-centered focus and patient engagement,” says parent and patient advocate Kristen Smedley. However, in her view, if the endpoint of a drug development program is not about alleviating patients’ most critical needs, the terms become empty buzzwords. Smedley speaks from hard-earned experience. Two of her sons were diagnosed in […]