How to Become a Clinical Research Coordinator: Everything You Need to Know

Do you want to know how to become a Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC)? What does a Clinical Research Coordinator do? What qualities do CRCs need to succeed? You’ve come to the right place!

Today, the experts at Vitalief are here to guide you through everything you need to know. Let’s get started!

What is a Clinical Research Coordinator?

A Clinical Research Coordinator, commonly referred to as a CRC, is a person who organizes and manages clinical trials for pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions. These organizations rely on Clinical Research Coordinators to manage many aspects of their studies and make sure they’re done in compliance with all laws, regulations, and the study protocol. 

What is a Clinical Research Coordinator’s Job Description?

The basis of a clinical research coordinator’s job description is doing everything it takes to ensure a clinical trial runs smoothly. Some of the responsibilities this includes are:

  • Setting up clinical trial sites
  • Training the site staff and patients
  • Performing quality control checks throughout the study process
  • Recruiting participants through community outreach programs
  • Screening out ineligible patients at every step of the enrollment process
  • Managing the informed consent process

Clinical Research Coordinators typically work as part of a team that includes statisticians, regulatory coordinators, primary investigators (PIs), and other members of the clinical research staff. They often have managerial responsibilities too.

Managing the Informed Consent Process

CRC talking to patient

One of the most important tasks CRCs are responsible for is introducing the informed consent process to potential study participants. Without informed consent, clinical research cannot move forward ethically.

The informed consent process ensures that patients know the risks and benefits associated with a trial. It also provides the information necessary for them to make an informed decision.  Plus, it provides an open dialogue between everyone involved.

This process requires the CRC to provide participants with all the necessary information about the study, such as:

  • Aims and objectives
  • The nature of their involvement
  • The duration of the study
  • The risks and benefits associated with participation
  • Any other relevant details

The CRC must ensure that potential participants fully understand this information before they make the decision to participate in the study. 

Other Responsibilities

The CRC also assists in several other processes. These include:

  • Developing study protocols
  • Organizing meetings with investigators and other key stakeholders
  • Ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations
  • Maintaining accurate records throughout the course of the study
  • Monitoring safety procedures
  • Reporting any adverse events

The CRC, along with the Clinical Research Study Manager and the Regulatory Manager, may also be responsible for compiling and analyzing data from clinical trials and preparing reports to be submitted to ethics committees and regulatory bodies. 

What Skill Sets are Required to be a Good Clinical Research Coordinator?

As a Clinical Research Coordinator, you are required to understand the complexities of clinical trials, as well as the drug development process. The best candidates for this job understand laboratory procedures, have administrative and computer skills, and have excellent communication skills. Clinical Research Coordinators must be detail-oriented and able to work under pressure with strict timelines.

As a Clinical Research Coordinator, the following skills will help you succeed in your role: 

  • Emotional intelligence, empathy, and compassion for others who are participating in a clinical trial 
  • Detail-oriented and know how to read and follow a protocol 
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills since you will interact with the research team, the primary investigator, clinical staff, and the study participants in written and verbal communications
  • Ability to multitask and excellent organizational skills
  • Curious, willing to learn, and an analytical mindset

A Clinical Research Coordinator’s job description usually includes administrative tasks such as preparing budgets, filing paperwork, and handling correspondence.

What Education and Training are Required for a Clinical Research Coordinator Role?

In most cases, Clinical Research Coordinators must have at least a bachelor’s degree in life sciences or public health, as well as one year of laboratory experience.

They must also have up-to-date knowledge of relevant scientific literature and an understanding of statistics and experimental design principles.

Clinical Research Coordinators often serve as mentors to other employees in their organization regarding regulatory compliance standards and ethical issues that may arise during clinical trials.

Certifications Required for Clinical Research Coordinators

Professional certification requirements vary by employer, state, and the type of work a Coordinator does. There are numerous certifications that are designed to build a CRC’s skills and knowledge.

Micro-credentialing, such as a badging program, helps to expand knowledge and provide unique training experiences that are specifically designed for certain professional roles. Rutgers has a great program that is specifically geared toward Clinical Research Coordinators. 

The Rutgers CRC Badging Program

The Rutgers Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Badging Program is an innovative program designed to provide certification and recognition for individuals who are looking to further their careers in the clinical research field. As part of the program, individuals must complete certain courses and demonstrate a deep understanding of clinical research protocols, practices, and standards.

To meet the requirements of the badging program, candidates will gain knowledge of the Clinical Research Coordinator job description. This includes understanding the essential functions of a research coordinator, such as:

  • Developing, managing, and monitoring research protocols and studies
  • Collecting and analyzing data
  • Preparing reports and presenting results
  • Maintaining accurate records and databases
  • Troubleshooting any issues that may arise during the course of the study. 

The Rutgers Clinical Research Coordinator Badging Program is a great way to demonstrate your expertise in the field of clinical research coordination and become more competitive in the job market. By obtaining your CRC badge, you can show employers that you have the knowledge and skill necessary to effectively lead clinical research projects.

Professional Career Paths for Clinical Research Coordinators

As a Clinical Research Coordinator, there are many opportunities for professional development. You interact with people in several different roles, from nurses to administrators. This exposure to diverse roles will enable you to explore a myriad of professional opportunities and help you determine the next step in your professional journey. 

If you think you might be interested in pursuing this career path, now is a perfect time! Vitalief is always looking for strong candidates for this role. Check out our CAREERS page to see the different roles we are seeking to fill!

Challenges and Triumphs in Oncology Clinical Research Jobs

According to clinialtrials.gov, there are 7,900+ oncology trials currently recruiting in the United States. These trials can be lengthy and complex. They require a lot of motivation from the clinical research teams that keep them going.

Clinical research nurses are vital in supporting trial participants throughout their healthcare journey.

Nurses help each participant enter the trial as they cope with the disease. Patients may not feel well physically or mentally. Participating in a clinical trial may be their last resort. 

What is it like to work in this challenging and urgent environment?

We asked our Vitalief Nursing team what it was like to work in oncology clinical research. Even though they said conducting oncology trials is challenging, they found motivation and purpose in the roles they filled. 

The Challenges of Working in Cancer Clinical Trials

Many people are considering the growing opportunities for nurses in clinical research. Oncology clinical trials are a challenging area for unique reasons. But they still provide a rewarding opportunity to help patients in need with a condition that impacts almost everyone’s life.

Cancer Impacts Everyone

We all know someone who has had or is currently suffering from some type of cancer. There are hundreds of diverse types. It impacts our families, friends, coworkers, and communities.

Study Coordinator Tessa Rivers reinforced this point noting, “I think that a key difference for oncology trials versus other therapeutic areas is that cancer has impacted almost everyone’s life in some way. Whether directly or indirectly, everyone knows someone who has battled this disease. It is such a broad disease with so many nuances with devastating potential.”

Rivers continues that nurses are even more likely to encounter oncology patients, noting, “whether the ER, medical-surgical, or outpatient clinic, it is likely that a nurse will engage with a patient who has suffered from cancer in some way.”

Eligibility Criteria for Clinical Trials is Narrowing

Melissa Murphy-Mento, Research Nurse, shared her experience working with increasingly targeted clinical trial inclusion criteria. She says, “Finding the right trial for a patient is difficult because eligibility criteria are extremely specific, as they should be to ensure good science.”

In her experience, she has “collaborated with patients that met 9 of 10 requirements, but the 10th requirement prohibits them from enrolling in a study.”

The waiting period during screening can also be challenging. Daisy Acevedo, Nurse Navigator, described, “By the time patients are referred to research or seen by the oncologist, they have potentially been diagnosed with cancer for months. If they qualify for a study, they may have to get repeat CT scans or biopsies. Helping them to expedite those appointments can be challenging. Then you must wait for the results. Overall, the time it takes to gather all the screening requirements can be excruciating.”

That time may not result in oncology study participation, as she notes, “After gathering your results, you sometimes find that the patients are not eligible for the trial. Now that patient has lost precious time.”

Nurses must be sensitive to the patient experience once the patient participates in a clinical trial.

Mehmet Kurt, Research Nurse Clinician, notes, “These trials and the treatment plans can be very intense, especially when patients are suffering. Nurses must be aware of the intensity and help the patient navigate it successfully.”

Clinical research nurse talking to a cancer patient who is smiling

The Triumphs of Helping Oncology Clinical Trials

For people who want meaningful career opportunities, the oncology clinical research space provides a rewarding experience. Even with the difficult realities of cancer, our team finds a purpose in having a positive impact.

Offering Hope to Cancer Patients in Need

As difficult as these trials may be, they often offer a promise of restored health. Innovative medicines and treatments can bring relief and hope to sick patients.

From Rivers’ perspective, that hope is the most rewarding part. The Study Coordinator says, “There is so much promise behind some clinical trials and offering patients alternative treatments that might improve their prognosis brings hope to some otherwise hopeless situations.”

Rivers also expresses the joy of seeing a patient heal, saying, “Witnessing the recovery that can occur as a patient completes an experimental treatment keeps my spirits up. It helps me believe that what I am doing truly benefits the patient.”  

Acevedo adds the meaning in being part of a clinical research team that looks out for the patient through the challenges of a cancer diagnosis.

The Nurse Navigator says, “life can get challenging, especially when you are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Knowing that you have support and a team that ensures you are still getting the care you need can help lessen the stress on the patient and their families.”

Finding Meaning in Matching Oncology Patients with the Right Trial

Kurt also finds purpose in matching a patient to the right investigational drug. The Research Nurse Clinician says, “It is so satisfying to know you can have such a positive impact on someone.”

Murphy-Mento agreed, “Seeing a patient benefit from participating in a study is easily the most rewarding! Standard of Care (SOC) treatment plans have known limitations. So, when a patient passes those typical limitations, and we can attribute it to an altered treatment plan, it makes it all worthwhile!”

With so many ongoing oncology trials, there is great hope for new therapies that will lessen and eventually eradicate the threat of cancer. For now, the role of nurses in oncology trials continues to be a critical connection for patients and their families who need information, education, and logistical, physical, mental, and emotional support. 

Clinical Research Jobs that Make a Difference

Vitalief is incredibly proud of all our team members who provide continuous support for clinical trials across several therapeutic areas. We are particularly proud of our teammates who are supporting oncology research because of the significant impact it is having.

Our research nurses are the frontline for therapeutic innovation. Their relentless efforts are changing lives, and we admire their commitment to such challenging work. Whether reviewing protocols, screening and monitoring patients, or providing support to investigators and trial participants, we celebrate their leadership, innovation, compassion, and drive.

If you are a nurse in New York, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania and want to pursue a career in clinical research, contact Vitalief to learn more about our team and our vital work!

Oncology Clinical Trials: A Nurse’s View of the Healthcare Human Capital Epidemic

Rapidly changing trends are impacting the conduct of clinical trials in the oncology research space. An influx of data and a lack of human capital are two of the industry’s biggest challenges right now.

To get a better understanding of how this happened and how research teams can respond, we sat down with Jim Cain, Vitalief’s Director of Oncology Services.

We recently chatted with Jim Cain, Vitalief’s Director of Oncology Services, about the oncology research space and the various trends that are impacting the conduct of clinical trials in this rapidly changing therapeutic area. 

About Jim Cain, MSN, RN

Jim Cain, MSN, RN headshot

Jim is a seasoned industry veteran whose career has been focused on oncology nursing. This includes cancer clinical trial experience and various healthcare business development roles. After receiving his BSN from Temple University, he pursued a Master of Science in Oncology Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh.

Throughout his tenure in healthcare, he has gained experience in:

  • Oncology nursing roles
  • Clinical trials
  • Clinical nurse specialist roles
  • Business development for healthcare technology and consulting organizations

Jim always uses his oncology nursing and business experience to provide better solutions for patients and healthcare providers. 

What are the biggest trends in the world of Oncology research and clinical trials?

There are so many exciting things happening in oncology research. It’s a rapidly growing area. The American Cancer Society suggests that in 2022, there will be an estimated 1.9 million new cancer cases diagnosed. That’s a big motivator for all the research teams working on new medicines and therapies.

More Complexity in Trials

Oncology research is complex and getting more complex every day. Advances in treatment are rapidly changing how we treat cancer. Artificial intelligence, DNA sequencing, precision oncology, and other technologies are improving the treatment and diagnosis of the disease.

As a result of this rapid change, clinical trial designs now have more treatment arms, countries, sites, and endpoints. A Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development Impact Report from last year noted that Oncology trials are typically 30-40% longer than other trials.

Oncology trials generate a much higher volume of data, particularly in Phase II protocols, compared to other drug trials. For example, 3.1 million data points per protocol in phase II oncology compared to 1.9 million in non-oncology drug trials.

Sophisticated Trials Designs Need Sophisticated Teams

Finally, the Tufts report cites that Phase II and III oncology trials, compared to trials for other drugs, have more protocol deviations and generate more substantial protocol amendments. Sophisticated trial designs combined with data complexity, volume, and velocity require an experienced team to manage and ensure compliance. This is where we’re seeing some significant challenges at clinical trial sites.

Can you elaborate on the challenges that clinical trial sites are facing?

Site teams are losing talented professionals at an unprecedented pace. We are seeing so many teams that are hindered by workforce and staffing issues.

burned out nurse in clinical trial leaning over with her hands on her head

Losing Talent

Really great talent is walking out the door to seek opportunities with contract research organizations (CROs) and sponsor teams that offer better compensation packages or other perks, such as remote and hybrid working models. Many are looking for a career change and aren’t seeing opportunities within their organizations. 

Setting the Stage for Burnout

This cycle creates a massive burden for the remaining team members with additional responsibilities added to their daily work. The increased workload leads to job dissatisfaction and concerns about work-life balance that motivate them to look for new opportunities. 

So those clinical trial site teams need more resources to ease the burden?

Yes. However, while they do need more resources, organizations must address the root causes of these problems. AACI’s CTO Staff Retention Task Force identified how limited career growth in their current roles and a variety of personal reasons all added to stress and burnout. All this contributes to job dissatisfaction, further burdening clinical trial professionals already dealing with heavy workloads and not enough staff to manage trial portfolios. Innovative changes are required to effectively address these challenges

Are you seeing teams developing any innovative solutions? 

That’s the good news! Teams are beginning to change how they are addressing the situation. Organizations need:

  • A culture shift to support more flexible working models
  • New technologies to automate time-consuming and repetitive tasks
  • Career pathing to help team members see opportunities within their own organizations

The CTO Staff Retention Task Force released recommendations to consider these things. The report was developed by a task force representing 15 different cancer centers. It cites many of the factors we just discussed but also makes recommendations about recruiting and retention strategies that will have a longer-term impact. 

Do you think the CTO Staff Retention Task Force has the right approach?

Yes – it’s a good starting point. We have been using the term, “Healthcare Human Capital Epidemic” to describe the current situation because it is happening everywhere throughout our health systems.

Pharma companies are using contract research organizations (CROs) to meet their needs. Some of the CROs are starting to use functional service providers (FSPs) to address their resourcing issues.

But there really isn’t anyone rethinking the way sites are operating and helping them to address the issue in a more holistic way. 

What would a holistic approach look like?

Vitalief’s Advisory team takes this approach. When they look at a client’s resourcing issues, they are looking at a much bigger picture. They are asking hard questions like, 

  • Are your technologies helping you meet your objectives? 
  • Are your processes optimized to ensure efficiency and compliance?
  • Is your organization structured to enable the flexibility required by today’s workforce? 

The so-called “resourcing challenge” isn’t something you can fix by throwing bodies at it. It requires a different way of working and that means we must start thinking about different team structures and resourcing models that offer more agility in the unpredictable clinical research arena.

Efficient Processes and Improved Employee Experience

We have to start looking at where technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can be applied to reduce the administrative burden on on-site teams. And we must look for new ways to retain talent. That could be anything from better compensation to more flexible hours to offering more training and professional development opportunities. 

It’s definitely complex, but a broader view actually enables us to develop solutions that offer greater value. We can’t fix this new problem with old ideas. 

What do oncology trials of the future look like?

The data volume and velocity are going to continue to increase. If we do this right, we can leverage technology, optimized processes, and top talent to create really efficient research and clinical trial engines.

Investing in Talent

By investing in talent, we can make sure that we retain the right experienced people to run the trials and support patients in need. It may sound a bit idealistic, but I think it is totally doable. We have so many bright people working toward better outcomes for our patients. We just need to step back and look at the bigger picture.

Our clinical trial site teams are critical to research and patient care. They are shouldering a lot of pressure to perform quickly and efficiently while engaging with patients and simultaneously maintaining compliance. It’s time to rethink how we support their efforts. If we make the investment now, clinical trial site teams of the future could offer better outcomes and greater value to their organizations and their team members, as well as the patients they serve.

Addressing the Healthcare Human Capital Challenge With a Holistic Approach

We’d like to thank Jim for sharing his expertise with us. It’s clear that addressing the increase in trial complexity and staffing problems is going to take a thoughtful approach. At Vitalief, we’re taking a holistic approach to address these challenges long-term. Contact Vitalief to learn more about how our team is addressing the healthcare human capital challenge.

Opportunities for Nurses in Clinical Research

In the past couple of years, the nursing profession has been riding a rollercoaster. Fueled by a global pandemic and labor shortages, the profession has seen its fair share of trauma in a short timeframe. 

Simply working in a high-stress environment (particularly the emergency department or intensive care unit) where decisions can be life-altering, can in itself be stressful and lead to burnout. But there is more to the narrative.

For burnt-out nurses needing a change, clinical trial management careers are a great fit for their skills while providing a more stable, low-stress day-to-day. Clinical trials across New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania have growing opportunities for nurses who want to change gears.

A Recipe for Burnout

We’ve all heard stories of nurses being pushed to their limits while working long hours. Consecutive overtime shifts with little or no breaks lead to physical and mental exhaustion. Being responsible for too many patients at one time increases the burden. Add issues like personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages and unrealistic expectations, creating a recipe for industry-wide burnout. 

The Impact of Burnout

Burnt-out nurse resting head on hands

Burnout at this level is concerning for multiple reasons.

  1. It impacts everyone in the healthcare ecosystem.
  2. It could lead to inconsistent care and potentially inferior care. 
  3. It impacts the quality of care and could severely impact patient outcomes.
  4. It pushes great nurses into other professions.

This is a loss to patients. It’s also a loss for hospitals and clinics that must recruit and hire new resources to fill the vacancies. Hiring and onboarding are expensive and time-consuming efforts. 

Skilled nursing professionals are not easy to find. Many nurses are reevaluating their career choices and re-thinking how and where they want to work.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 3 million registered nurses in the U.S. Though an average of 194,500 openings are expected each year through 2030, the demand for nurses is expected to outpace supply because of people leaving the profession and retiring. 

Reducing Nurse Burnout

There are plenty of recommendations to address burnout. Most require organizational attention and a commitment to supporting overburdened nurses in meaningful ways.

Recognizing the problem is great, but it’s only the first step. 

Improving Communication

Improving communications tops the list of recommendations. Advice urges nurse managers to create transparency. They should promote an open-door policy for nurses to share professional and personal challenges. In doing so, managers can potentially address resource allocation, training, or other factors that may be making the situation worse. 

Employee Support Programs

Employee support programs such as mindfulness, meditation, or yoga can help to address nurse burnout. Taking a moment to breathe and assess a situation can help clarify options. It can also improve decision-making in stressful hospital environments. 

Self-Care Support

Self-care is a critical factor that ultimately is the responsibility of the nurse. However, the organization can support better self-care with educational programs and support services. Plus, organizations can create a supportive culture by:

  • Recognizing a nurse’s efforts
  • Rewarding their professional performance
  • Supporting their efforts to delegate work
  • Setting boundaries

A New Opportunity

Sometimes burnout requires a more significant change. Many nurses consider other professions. For these professionals, clinical research presents an interesting opportunity. They can leverage their existing skillsets and find job satisfaction. Plus, it removes many of the factors that contributed to burnout. 

A Key Opportunity for Nurses in Clinical Trial Management 

Nurses at clinical trial

Clinical research represents a great opportunity for nurses looking for a new challenge. Research organizations (hospitals, clinics, and academic institutions) routinely conduct clinical trials. Trials play an important role in bringing new therapies, medicines, and medical devices to people in need. 

Clinical trials study:

  • New drugs, biologics, or medical devices that are not yet approved by the FDA (or other health authorities)
  • New uses for already approved products
  • New ways to administer products
  • New tests to diagnose illnesses
  • New procedures to address symptoms.

There are numerous clinical trial administration roles with opportunities for patient interaction and care. At the same time, they can reduce the hours/shifts required and the number of patients they are caring for.  For example, the Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) is a critical role in clinical research and trials.

What Do Clinical Research Coordinators Do?

CRCs assist the principal investigator (PI) and work with the department, sponsor, and institution to ensure trial compliance. They also:

  • Screen subjects
  • Communicate trial requirements to participants
  • Coordinate tests and procedures.

In this way, CRCs interact with all clinical trial stakeholders. They maintain the study timelines and ensure compliance with relevant regulations.

Camaraderie and Purpose

As a member of a clinical trial team, the CRC works with colleagues from various organizations with an array of backgrounds. Being part of a study team often offers a sense of camaraderie.

As teams work toward the common goal of a successful trial, they build relationships that add meaning to their work. This and common goals inject purpose into their tasks.

Patient Interaction on a Stable Schedule

Clinical trial CRCs have the opportunity for ongoing patient interactions throughout the trial. But unlike nursing, they typically have predictable hours with weekends and holidays off.

This is a huge benefit and a big change for nurses who work double shifts and holidays. 

Growth Potential

CRCs perform a wide variety of trial-related tasks. Thus, they have opportunities to work independently and expand their skill sets. This can lead to job satisfaction and growth potential. 

New Opportunities for Nurses in Clinical Research

The Clinical Research Coordinator is one of many roles that nurses can fill throughout the clinical research industry. Some roles support the patient experience while others may be more compliance-focused.

As clinical trials move toward decentralized or hybrid models, it’s important to engage patients through new channels. Trial teams are starting to use new technologies to collect, track and manage the patient experience. So, telehealth trial visits are increasingly common. New technologies, new processes, and innovative science call nurses toward a meaningful career. One where they can learn, grow, and boost their quality of life while contributing to much-needed new medicines. 

If you are a nurse in NY, NJ, or PA interested in learning more about a career in clinical research, contact Vitalief today. We can help you find a meaningful career path that offers growth and flexibility.

The Shift to Hybrid and Virtual Clinical Trials

During the regional lock-downs of the COVID-19 pandemic, telemedicine became a popular option for patients to see and interact with healthcare providers without visiting their offices. The initial motivation to move to telemedicine was to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and enhance patient safety. Since then, telemedicine and other tools have gained popularity and provided exceptional support for patients in a remote setting. 

In a parallel track, the conduct of virtual clinical trials has also become extremely popular. Before the pandemic, there was interest in exploring the possibility of virtual trials. However, the pandemic is what truly pushed research teams to “think outside the box” and make significant progress toward complete virtual trials. Site closures, quarantines, travel limitations, and supply chain issues for investigational products made it difficult for clinical trial teams to meet protocol-specified procedures such as protocol-mandated lab or diagnostic tests or healthcare visits.  

Academic institutions and clinical researchers around the world quickly pivoted and designed new ways to interact with clinical trial participants. New technologies emerged, and existing technologies were enhanced or used in new ways. The result was a renewed interest in improving the patient experience and helping research teams engage patients remotely. In March 2020, the US FDA released “Conduct of Clinical Trials of Medical Products During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency: Guidance for Industry, Investigators, and Institutional Review Boards.” The guidance was updated numerous times throughout the pandemic, with August 30, 2021, as the most recent update. 

Virtual Clinical Trials Today

Today, electronic data capture (EDC), wearables, and other devices for electronic patient-reported outcomes (ePRO), remote eConsent, and telehealth enable remote patient participation. However, some clinical trials in therapeutic areas such as oncology require periodic patient visits for imaging, biopsies, and other medical procedures that require specialized equipment or expertise. These clinical trials are typically designed as hybrid trials where some patient visits are conducted at a site facility, and some are via telehealth. A recent Science 37 Survey suggests that 77% of research executives expect to conduct clinical trials using remote patient monitoring, eConsent, ePros, telemedicine, wearable devices, and mobile nurses in the next 12 months. 

Clinical researchers hope that virtual trials will reduce the patient burden and potentially lead to the acquisition and retention of expanded trial populations that are more diverse. To ensure that clinical trial participants represent the patients that will use a medical product, many clinical trial teams seek participants from more diverse and inclusive populations. Virtual clinical trials may provide a mechanism to connect with previously underrepresented groups, including racial and ethnic minorities and people of different ages. 

The potential benefits of conducting virtual and hybrid trials for patients are significant. That doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges, especially for site teams who must learn new procedures and technologies used within the clinical trial ecosystem.

telemedicine appointment

Let Vitalief Help You Move Towards Virtual and Hybrid Clinical Trials

The pandemic truly motivated the clinical research industry to make significant strides in virtual clinical research. There is still a great deal to learn. But the industry has proven that open-mindedness, creative thinking, enabling technologies, and commitment, have enabled researchers and health authorities to pivot quickly and deliver innovative medicines to patients with unmet needs.

Not sure how to navigate your organization towards a virtual or hybrid clinical trial? Let Vitalief offer support and guidance to help your organization shift towards future clinical trials. Contact us today to learn more about our solutions and how we can assist with hiring the right staff, clinical trial support, processes, and more.

When Culture Drives Success

When Culture Drives Success

There are plenty of blogs and books about organizational culture and its impact on the success or failure of a company. Company culture impacts employees, management teams, partners, and clients. Peter Drucker famously said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” David Cummings, Co-founder of Pardot, similarly advised, “Corporate culture is the only sustainable competitive advantage that is completely within the control of the entrepreneur. Develop a strong corporate culture first and foremost.”

The reason culture has such a powerful impact on an organization comes back to the organization’s most important “assets.” PEOPLE within a company define the culture; they decide whether to embrace it or not, whether to prioritize and promote it and how sustainable it is. You can’t have an organization or a culture without PEOPLE.

coworkers sitting in a circle with notepads and devices collaborating

Developing a unique culture that puts PEOPLE FIRST is challenging. Still, it can offer greater value to all stakeholders – employees, clients, and partners. A culture that is aligned with employee goals, wants, and needs is more apt to survive than one that prioritizes the owner’s well-being and discounts the well-being of the rest of the team. A culture that focuses on client satisfaction to the detriment of their team members might have temporary success but will be challenged by high turnover rates and low employee satisfaction.

The Vitalief team is spending time developing and defining our PEOPLE FIRST culture. Our team members support clinical trials in a variety of positions. We understand how vital PEOPLE are in clinical research. We extend our PEOPLE FIRST approach to include the patients who participate in clinical trials and the people who will use innovative therapies when they are available.

In creating this culture, we are learning a lot about workforce trends and how important flexibility is to so many team members. We are also learning that not everyone defines flexibility in the same way. We understand that people want professional development opportunities and want their contributions to be valued by the organization. Staffing shortages have created high demand for talent. Nobody wants to be treated like a commodity.

young professionals smiling inside an office

We won’t get everything right as we try to create a different experience for our team members. We will make mistakes along the way. We will learn from our mistakes and make sure that we actively listen and respond to our team members. We are creating a learning culture.

The way we see it, the world is changing, the workforce is changing, so corporate culture must change too. Companies are facing unprecedented challenges in the workplace because of the pandemic. Employees have shifted priorities to a “life-work” balance. Vitalief not only recognizes these shifting priorities, but we also embrace them. We want to be transformational leaders in clinical trial solutions. We can achieve this by creating a different type of company and a different type of culture.

We are embarking on this journey with shared goals and a mindset that values collaboration and recognizes that each team member brings unique skills, training, and experiences to the table. We value these, and in return, we want to make sure we present opportunities that help them sharpen these skills and develop new ones.

We honestly believe that this culture is our key to success as a clinical trial solutions company. It isn’t just a social experiment. It’s our way of working. It’s a new way of working.

We are creating the culture in which we want to work.
Our PEOPLE FIRST culture drives our success.
If our PEOPLE FIRST culture sounds interesting to you, let’s talk.

-David Moore

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