|To be a great CRA, one skill is needed: active listening.|
by Holly Deiaco-Smith, MS
What skill differentiates a good clinical research associate (CRA) from a great CRA?
a. Knowledge of clinical processes and the regulations that govern them?
b. Ability to be flexible with travel and work schedules?
c. Ability to spot errors that could gravely impact data and ultimately patient safety?
d. A relentless zeal for ensuring assigned sites are “buttoned up?”
The answer- none of the above.
Don’t get me wrong, these skills are important and they are point of entry for a good CRA. These skills are expected as a minimum set of skills to be hired for the job of CRA but they are not the skills that differentiate a great CRA.