Clinical research monitors are primarily responsible for ensuring that all research being conducted is regulated and meets all the standards and policies of the company, and they work closely with researchers and other personnel to ensure this. They often play the role of a leader at research institutions, as well.
These monitors are generally responsible for: on-site monitoring of various labs to make sure rules and regulations are met; assisting with training of personnel; detecting and correcting discrepancies in data; making changes at sites to ensure safety and efficiency; providing guidance to personnel; identifying a site's needs and delivering long-term solutions; and knowing all guidelines and policies and how to implement them.
Clinical research monitors are employed primarily by hospitals, universities, and research labs, and generally work traditional business hours, both on their feet and at a computer. A bachelor's degree in a science-related field is generally required for this position, and important skills include interpersonal skills, excellent verbal communication skills, on-the-fly problem-solving and the ability to multitask.
Clinical Research Monitor Tasks
Obtain informed consent of research subjects or their guardians.
Monitor research data forms and reports for accuracy.
Assist with the compilation of required documents for trial activation.
Assist in training of research staff.
Analyze supplies, procedures and processes of trials at medical sites and suggest in options as needed.