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Posted by Rachel Silver-Kessler on Thu, Jul 9, 2020

Why Now Is The Time To Invest In Remote Clinical Research Training

A well-trained staff is key to the success and integrity of your clinical trial. Unfortunately, in busy times and when budgets are tight, clinical research training doesn’t always get the attention it deserves.

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Remote clinical research training is an effective, affordable alternative for geographically distributed teams who are serious about investing in their most valuable asset—their people.

And there’s never been a better time to get started. Here’s why.

Why Invest In Remote Clinical Research Training?

The Industry is Constantly Evolving

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA has introduced new guidance for conducting remote clinical trials, implementing electronic consent, using 3D printed medical devices and more.

In addition to having a foundational understanding of the FDA regulations, it’s important to stay up to date on these changes. This is especially true if you are planning to transition to a remote clinical trial. You want to make sure your team follows the correct processes for obtaining informed consent, conducting study visits, and monitoring subjects remotely.

Your Teams Have Extra Time

Although clinical research sites are beginning to reopen and remote activities are filling in the gaps, your team may still have a reduced workload. You want them to stay productive, and utilizing this time to keep up with continuing education is a great option.

This is the perfect opportunity to host in-depth training on the fundamentals of Good Clinical Practice and regulatory basics.  Even the most experienced staff needs a refresher course periodically. Or consider a customized training designed for any challenges your team might be facing.

It’s Convenient

It can be tough to get your whole team together for in-person training even under normal circumstances, and certainly during a global pandemic. Sponsor teams can be spread across the country or globe, and in-person meetings of study site teams may be on hold for quite some time. Online training eliminates the hassle of scheduling and coordinating multi-day work sessions. You can schedule live virtual training sessions at any time during the week or allow team members to take individual courses at their own pace.

And you can easily direct new team members to online training courses as part of your onboarding process without needing to find a date and time that works for everyone.

It's Cost-Effective

Online clinical research training eliminates the need for travel, meals and lodging, making it more affordable than traditional in-person training. Some online courses are recorded in advance, making them a scalable alternative to hiring an instructor. Of course, there are many benefits to having a live virtual instructor with field experience who can answer your team’s questions and share real-world wisdom.

Fortunately, you don’t have to choose one or the other. There are many ways to get creative with online clinical research training. You could offer your team a hybrid approach, allowing them to review regulatory basics on their own time and bringing them together with a live online instructor later so they can discuss what they’ve learned.

How To Get Started With Online Training At IMARC University

IMARC offers a variety of online and in-person training solutions to meet your team’s needs through our training services, known as IMARC University. Our courses are designed to make training interactive, using group activities, case study discussions, games and quizzes. We offer training to support a variety of roles at the sponsor, CRO and site levels, including training specifically for project managers, monitors, auditors, research coordinators, investigators, and more.

The best way to get started is to explore our newly updated training catalog, where you can search for courses by role, by type and by topic.

Our team can even work with yours to develop a customized training program, depending on your needs.

Although the pandemic has been disruptive in many ways, it has given us a rare opportunity to take a step back and prioritize how to move forward to be prepared for new challenges and new opportunities to serve patients.

Do something today that will make your team better equipped to perform at their best tomorrow.

Learn more about our online training solutions.

Training Guide and Course Catalog 2020

Topics: Clinical Training


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