This book is an easy-to-follow handbook that introduces readers to entry-level clinical job opportunities and explains how to qualify for them, with a particular emphasis on how to gain “clinical experience” that a hiring manager will accept.
Each chapter covers one of the clinical specialties involved in conducting pharmaceutical clinical trials: for example, clinical research associate, clinical data manager, biostatistician, and clinical drug safety specialist. The chapters are written as personalized narratives, allowing the reader to follow the daily work of a clinical specialist as he or she supports a clinical study and interacts with the other study team members. The descriptions of these specialists are composite profiles that incorporate the true-to-life experiences of typical clinical study team members. A list of career options available to workers after mastering their entry-level clinical position, as well as a tool box for those seeking a position, are included.
Career Opportunities in Clinical Drug Research also gives readers a brief overview of research and development in the pharmaceutical industry and explains how a typical clinical study is conducted.
About the author: Rebecca J. Anderson has worked in the biopharmaceutical industry for more than 25 years in jobs spanning pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, and contract research organizations. As a hiring manager in all of these organizations, she has reviewed and screened thousands of applicants for clinical research positions. Rebecca holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Georgetown University and was an MRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. Prior to her career in industry, she conducted basic research in pharmacology and toxicology and served on the faculties of the George Washington University Medical Center and the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She currently works as a freelance writer.
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PART 1: BACKGROUND
1. What is the Clinical Environment in Industry?
2. How Are Drugs and Medical Devices Developed?
3. What Happens at the Clinical Site?
PART 2: PATHS TO CLINICAL JOBS IN THE MEDICAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY
4. Entering as a Clinical Research Associate
5. Entering Data Management
6. Entering as a Biostatistician
7. Entering as a Clinical Quality Assurance Auditor
8. Entering Regulatory Affairs
9. Entering Clinical Safety
10. Entering as a Medical Writer
11. Your Future in Clinical Operations
PART 3: TOOL BOX
12. Helpful Hints for Landing a Clinical Product Development Job
13. Reference Materials
• ISBN 978-193611305-7
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