The CRA School is proud to be celebrating our 10-year anniversary in 2019.
“We look forward to the next 10!”
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The MSL, Pharmacovigilance and Drug safety jobs. Careers meeting for MDs, PharmDs and PhDs. Meet experts from Merck, AbbVie and Novartis
Are you an MD, PharmD or PhD? The active hiring season will soon resume. Are you ready? Meet leading experts from Merck, AbbVie and Novartis, who will speak about the requirements for these well-paid careers and how to get in the clinical trials industry. . Come to...
CLINICAL RESEARCH REGULATORY AFFAIRS JOBS - Free consultations - now EVERY WEEK without a prior appointment: - Every day - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST by phone @ (514)257-3003 - Tuesdays - 6:00 PM @ 405 Ogivly av, suite 101 (metro Parc) - Thursdays ...
November’s Clinical Research Career Day. Venez rencontrer 5 ARC Sénieurs et Chefs de projets des compagnies de recherche clinique à la Soirée des carrières. Discutez LinkedIn et le CV avec nos conseillers
. Soirée des carrières en recherche clinique et les affaires réglementaires cliniques . 8 novembre, jeudi / Thursday, 17:30 - 20:30 / 5:30 - 8:30 pm 405 Ogilvy av, H3N 1M3, metro Parc . Venez rencontrer un panel de 5 Attachés de recherche clinique...
Last OPEN DOORS for the WINTER SESSION of the unique PATH* to Clinical Research On-line Certification and Job Insertion On-boarding program of CRA-School with 2 internships and 7/7 LIVE Support that continues till hired
. Last OPEN DOORS for the WINTER SESSION of the unique PATH* to Clinical Research On-line Certification & Job Insertion program of CRA-School with 2 internships and 7/7 LIVE Support till late evening, plus unlimited interview preparation and coaching till hired...
New CRP Certificate with 2 internships and Placement Assistance Till Hire (PATH) program for CRA/CRC now covers CTA, SSU, CDM, RA, CPM/CSM, MA & MSL jobs The winter session starts in September. Enrol now.
. . The new CRP (Clinical Research Professional) certificate with 2 internships, co-op opportunity in a CRO environment and Placement Assistance Till Hired (PATH)* covers now practically all the jobs in the clinical trials industry. *PATH - Placement Assistance Till...
2-nd BIOPHARMA AND BIOTECH CAREERS DAY, May 31st, 2018, Thursday, 5:00 PM: Meet an MSL and Drug Safety Specialist, a Clinical Team Leader and PM, recruiters and coaches
. . CAREER CONNECT MONTREAL, 2-e édition, 31 mai 2018, jeudi, 17h00-21h00 . . (English follows). Nous travaillons pour vous. Notre mission est d'aider les professionnels qualifiés en réorientation de carrière avec du réseautage abordable, consultations gratuites et...
Who We Are
Who we are?
CRA School – Montreal is the only provider of bilingual International Clinical Research Education, combined with 2 internships and unlimited Job Placement Support that continues till hired.
Special programs are offered to GCP-trained professionals, MDs/PharmDs and MSc/PhD holders in career change, corporate staff and IRB/IEC/REB members.
The program’s objective is to provide all the necessary tools and know-how that allow faster access into the rewarding careers in Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs (CRA, CRC, CTA, SSU, RA, DM, PM, PV, MSL, etc.) that match their qualifications.
Customized corporate training and refresher courses on ICH GCP and the Canadian regulations. Quebec regulations are provided on request.
What are clinical trials?
The clinical trials industry:
Recent technological developments and scientific discoveries have substantially increased the possibilities of creating new therapeutic molecules and devices. Before being approved for marketing they must be tested on humans. However, the number of clinical trials grows faster than the introduction of new trained specialists, because they usually lack practical experience. As a result, there is a chronic shortage of qualified staff (30% or more according to different reports).
This shortage increases the demand and raises the salary level. Once a person enters into the field and gets 6-9 months ‘hands-on’ experience, the recruiters start calling to offer better paid jobs. CRAs say, ‘Once you are in, you are in‘. This placed the Senior CRA job among the 10 best jobs in USA and this level can be reached with only 5-6 years experience.
Clinical trials are experimental studies to statistically assess the safety and efficiency of newly-developed drug candidates or devices and their action on the human health, the ratio of the related benefits and risks, and the suitable treatment regimens. After the pre-clinical laboratory studies on animals have shown product safety, the studies continue on humans in medical clinics (hence the name “clinical trials“) under the supervision of qualified physicians, called Clinical Investigators.
Patient evaluations are carried out by their respective physicians, called Principal Investigators (PI), with the help of their Study Nurses (SN) and Clinical Research Coordinators (CRC). The control of their work is done by the Sponsor’s Monitors called Clinical Research Associates (CRA).
Roles in clinical trials:
The regulatory agencies (FDA, Health Canada or other) inspect only a small portion (about 2%) of all studies. The law requires that the Sponsor (the company or individual investigator that initiated the study) to continuously monitor the quality of the data generated and to ensure that the rights and safety of the study participants are protected. The physicians (PI or Sub-I) are responsible for the evaluation of their patients and the quality of the data generated in their sites.
The data management, quality control and statistical treatment of the study data is done by the Sponsor’s staff, the Clinical Trial Assistants (CTA), in-house or field Monitors or Clinical Research Associates (CRA), Data Managers (DM), Safety Managers, Medical Advisers, BioStatisticians, Project Managers and other staff trained on Study Protocol, clinical trial regulations and the sponsor’s Standard Operations Procedures (SOP).
What is a CRA and a CRC:
The field Clinical Research Associate (CRA) is an monitor who periodically visits the study sites to supervise and inspect the work of the Clinical Investigators and their Coordinators. The CRA verifies their compliance to the protocol and regulations, makes sure that all regulatory requirements are met and that the quality of the data is acceptable. The in-house CRA and the CTA organize all Sponsor’s study related activities.
The Clinical Research Coordinators (CRC) are Clinical research assistants who work in the medical clinics (called sites) where the studies take place. They organize all interactions with the study participants and all study-related activities at the site. (The Principal Investigator (PI) is responsible for the patients’ care, evaluations, and the conformity of all the study conduct with the law and clinical trial regulations in force.)
Companies look for functional English and a university diploma. Life sciences, health care, biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, social sciences, or other medical field are preferred. This guarantees that the candidate will be able to understand a research protocol when trained.
The eligibility criteria usually include a college or university diploma. For some high level jobs, an advanced scientific degree is required. The best hiring chances are for professionals who have already some practical experience in clinical research activities. This is always the 1st hiring criterion.
Health professionals, trained abroad, often have difficulties when they move to another country. Foreign diplomas often are not recognized and the required local experience is missing.
Regulatory affairs jobs allow these professionals to remain in their field of competency without needing a recognized diploma.
With the exception of the clinical investigators and their nurses, the other Clinical Research Professionals (CRAs/CRCs/CTAs, etc.) don’t perform medical acts, they only handle study organization and documentation without making interpretations of the study data. Therefore they don’t need to have a license to practice as medical professionals.
Get a job, not just a diploma
1) Fast access to well paid, but unknown careers
2) Universal: All clinical trials carreers covered
3) Internship for hands-on Canadian experience
Job specific preparation for interviews
1) JD analysis + CV adaptation for every job
2) Preparation for every interview till hired
3) Training in advance on subjects not studied yet
Coaching & support on Professional positioning
1) Professional branding coaching & mentoring
2) Reference letters, Job Alerts + job assistance
3) Networking meetings & weekly consultations
Accessible when you need it
1) Online training to advance at your own speed
2) 7/7 LIVE Support by Skype till late evening
3) Flexible payment options adapted to your needs
Job insertion support
Active Job Placement Assistance
1) Instructions on the pre-selection questionnaires
2) Coaching on typical interview questions & traps
3) Introduction to industry slang and terminology
But wait, there is more!
Universal program for all needs
1) US, Canada, EU, ICH GCP & QC regulations
2) Options for GCP professionals, MD, MSc/PhD
3) Referral Program with unlimited Bonuses
Hear from our students!
"I discussed the JD and how to adapt my CV with the Support but at the interview I got stressed and I didn't answer some questions like I wanted. Svet suggested sending an email with the checklist that I developed during the course and I was called for a 2-nd interview. I am very happy that I got the CRC job and I will continue the course with the monitoring module."
Pamela Lachance from Montreal
"Yes, I got the IRB manual that you sent me and the interview went very well. Thanks for the help! I got a job offer for IRB Associate and I am starting on Sept. 2. I will be very busy in the first months but we will keep in touch"
Tony Lebed from Russia
"Merci. Ma femme et le bébé se portent bien et j’ai trouvé un travail. Je travaille actuellement comme coordinateur de recherche clinique au CHUM. Bien que par ce travail je suis énormément en contact avec les moniteurs des compagnies pharmaceutiques et les clinical trials manager, je suis toujours à la recherche d'un poste d'ARC dans une compagnie."
Christian Eyandja – Benin
"I have very good news. I used the strategies that I learned in the CRA course and I was officially hired by MSD as Clinical Data Coordinator. I want to thank CRA School for such an excellent program and the permanent advice and follow-up that I received so far. I haven’t finished the course yet, however, it was an essential part of the selection process."
Andres Gonzalez from Colombia
"Thank you so much for your congratulations. Actually, yes, INC Research is a big company, I am very happy. I would tell you that your training offered me a good knowledge to complete my interview successfully. Many thanks again."
Yacine Touté from Paris
"Hello Svet, I want to let you know that I got a job as Clinical Research Assistant in McGill but I will have the functions also of a CRA. I will be the only CRA in my team without competitor. Thank you for all your advices!"
Eva Mathieu from France
"I didn't know anything about drug and pharmaceutical industry, but the CRA School helped me a lot to get familiar with the pharma field. I finished all chapters about 8 months ago, but I went to my country because my father passed away. When I came back, I got a job in data managing in a pharma company. Now I would like to pass the final exam to get the certificate. Thanks for everything!"
Mojtaba Tabataei from Iran
"I just started as a CRC Assistant at Innovaderm in Montreal. They actually created the position when they hired me, otherwise, I would have been a documentation assistant. I’m being trained now to be a CRC. So following the course must have given me an advantage. I just finished chapter 16 and I'm trying to organize my time to allow me to finish the CRA School course. I would eventually like to switch into a CRA role later. I think the course helped a lot."
Tasso Chountalos – Montreal
"I would like to thank you for referring me for the Clinical Trial Associate position at JSS. I greatly appreciate the assistance you have provided me. Today I signed my contract with them. I am grateful for the time you spent reviewing my application and recommending me for the job. Once more, I would like to thank you for all your advice and help."
Sofia Cartamil from Argentina
"I just want to inform you that i got the position in jss medical research as a CTA , i started today and thank you for all your support and help. The classes and the job insertion program are the best. Thanks to the cra training center's team for their availability and advises. I stay available if you need anything from me."
"Thank you for the articles, this was very helpful. They told me that actually I was very adequate. They called me few hours later and the next round is tomorrow. - The second round went even better and I am hired. I am starting next week officially as a Clinical Trial Assistant in Comac Medical. Thank you guys for your support and I will finish this course!"
Antony Kolarov – Bulgaria
"I thank you very much for your CV adaptation service. In March this year I got a job with Quintiles Transnational, a CRO, in Ghana. This company is headquartered in USA. I know very well that your assistance on the CV helped me to get the CRA job with the company."
Armstrong Cudjoe from Ghana
"I am excited to let you know that I received an offer for the position of Clinical Research Assistant that I interviewed for last week. Thank you all for the support throughout. Your guidance and advice has been very timely and apt. I really appreciate it. I shall continue to work on completing my CRA training in the meanwhile and move ahead in my career."
Rao Smit from Montreal
"Thanks for the articles about the interview preparation. The interview was as I expected, since they asked a lot of questions concerning monitoring experience. I was honest about my experience and I was not sure what they would decide since there were other candidates. But finally I got the position of Project manager"
Manal Ghamlouche from Syria
"I would like to let you know that I got a job as a CRC in the OPUS Clinic . I am very happy, it is the first step :-). Thank you for everything. I would like to know is it possible to have the rest of the chapters and a certificate for what I have already studied because my new employer asked it? Thanks a lot"
Sefika Ozcelik from Turkey
"Cela fait maintenant un bout de temps que je n'ai pas envoyé de devoirs. En fait, j'ai obtenu un travail en tant que Chargée de projet de recherche clinique en rhumatologie. Également, je suis coordinatrice d'une autre étude clinique et aussi d'un gros projet de recherche clinique dont j'ai fait une demande de subvention de 2.5 millions de dollars auprès des IRSC. Je souhaite finir la formation car j'ai encore beaucoup de choses à apprendre."
Nathalie Aimable de Québec
"Cela fait un bon moment que ne nous nous sommes pas parlé. La nouvelle c'est que j'ai quitté ma job de représentant pour commencer celle d’associé en recherche clinique. Merci."
Jamal Nali – Morocco
"Suite à une compression de personnel, je suis restée sans emploi durant 6 mois! Finalement j’ai postulé pour un poste de délégué médical, mais vu mon expérience ils m’ont proposé le poste de MSL. En fait, le fait d'avoir mis sur mon CV que j'ai suivi une formation en recherche clinique a rajouté un plus."
Leila Bouslah – Algeria
"Je voulais vous dire que j'ai trouvé un travail en recherche clinique grâce à une de mes relations de mon réseau LinkedIn. Je commence officiellement lundi, même si j'ai déjà fait 2 jours là-bas. Je suis très contente car je me rends compte que ma formation me sert beaucoup."
Natacha C. Grand – Boucherville
"I have good news to share. Yesterday I received a job offer from Veritas IRB as a Documents/ Project Associate. I would like to thank you for your encouragement and support. The CRA certificate opened a lot of doors for me. All you said about networking is true and I got all interviews through my contacts in one way or another. I started officially this week. It's nice to see familiar faces from the school there!"
Leen Stephan from Jordan
"I was unable to find a job when I heard about CRA School. I was lucky to get accepted and volunteered there to build my network. I got 2 interviews in Pharmascience, but I was only at chapter 4 and had insufficient experience. Two weeks later they called me to say that they created a special position for me. I am so thankful to Mamadou and Svet for all their help."
Sihem Doggui from Pharmascience
"I wanted to thank you for your help, advises and recommendations. In November I started as CRC in the JGH. The recruiter was actually a former consultant of your school and it was a very good reference. It is in the field of onco-surgery, not an entry level job. I am very happy and my mother also"
Masha Kosher from Montreal
"I started networking since from the first chapter as suggested in the course and a few weeks later I found a job as Research Assistant in the McGill University. I will continue the course as soon as I can because I am on the forth chapter only. I want to move to a CRA position one day."
Liliane Mefanche from Cameroun
"I wanted to share with you that I found a job as Study Management Specialist for Aptalis, I am very pleased that I had the opportunity to work with the CRA school and I want to thank you enormously for all the advices and all the guidance, always given with a lot of respect and professionalism. Thanks again"
Paulina Zamudio from Colombia
"First of all, I would like to tell you that I am really impressed by the quality of your school. The service is excellent and we can always have feedback in a timely fashion when needed. I really enjoy reading the chapters and am always impatient to go to the next one. I love it! I have only good words for your school and I am spreading my thoughts around."
Josée Bordeleau from Montreal
"I was very busy because 2 weeks ago we got baby twins and I had an interview for an internship in the same clinic where Cedric started. After he got the CDA job, he told me about this opportunity. The Job Insertion Program really works. The interview went pretty good. I will start in January."
Zouheir Zallif from Morocco
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