The Benefits of a SoCRA Membership to Develop Your Career to Expert Level

- May 21, 2019

Three Interviews with Like-Minded Professionals

“The Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) is a non-profit, charitable and educational membership organization committed to providing education, certification, and networking opportunities to all persons involved in clinical research activities. SOCRA, the premier educational organization for oncology site coordinators, has now emerged as a leading educational organization for clinical researchers in all therapeutic areas, supporting industry, government and academia.”[1]

In order to know more about how this organization has helped Clinical Research Associates in their work, I’ve interviewed 3 of them.

Today’s questions are

  1. Which SoCRA courses and conferences did you attend to?
  2. What did your SoCRA membership change in your work?

MAIN TAKEAWAYS

  • Members generally attend the annual SoCRA conferences and the local chapters’ meetings.
  • Membership allows them to become more specialized and maintain Continuing Medical Education studies.
  • Members are able to network with other like-minded business peers and create friendships and connections, which can help the members move up in their careers.

Shobana G. Clinical Research Associate at an Academic institution

1. I attended the 2016 annual SoCRA conference and complete the courses in the SoCRA source. I also attend local chapter meetings.

2. To maintain CME (Continuing Medical Education) I have attended some workshops and courses in my institution. So it has been helpful to connect with people in institution.

Grace V. Clinical Research Associate at an Academic institution

1. I attended the 2016 annual SoCRA conference and complete the courses in the SoCRA source. I also attend local chapter meetings.

2. I feel that I became more specialized in regulatory/GCP topics. It was exceedingly helpful as a CRC (Clinical Research Coordinator) and in my current position with the DSMC (Data and Safety Monitoring Committee).

An anonymous CRA working et a Medical Device Company specilizing in Neurology device

1. I have attended a Device conference through SoCRA as well as several monthly local SoCRA meetings throughout the years. I have also attended SCDM (Society for Clinical Data Managemen) annual meetings to help with movement in my career.

2. More courses and I really like the quarterly magazine. The articles are helpful to open perspective on site management and study life cycle.

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[1] https://www.socra.org/about/clinical-research-education-certification-networking-opportunities/


Post reviewed by Johanna Galyen from Glowing Still

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