Research coordinators (RCs) have different tasks, depending on their background and training. Most RCs have medical training of some kind – doctors, nurses, therapists, lab techs and so on. A few, such as myself, have changed careers to become RCs. Fortunately my background gave me a love of research. Before I worked with literature. Now it’s clinical research and tons of administration…with the added bonus of seeing first-hand how new therapies are improving our patients’ lives.
A clinical trial visit day starts with advance preparation. A week before the visit we have a team meeting and discuss the visit day procedure. We clarify any questions and double check that all kits and materials are available. I prepare the visit worksheets and logs, and put them in my cubby for the doctors to use.