During a training module this week, a group of monitors were discussing the importance of back-up coverage. Monitors that are conducting visits in the field know that juggling schedules can be very challenging. To provide thorough and consistent monitoring, experienced monitors are assigned to a clinical trial or a study team. Next, training is extended into the therapeutic area of research and sponsor specific trainings including SOPs and monitoring plans. But what about back-up coordinators- are they trained and ready?