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I am a recently graduated MD who resigned after completing my internship year to pursue alternative career options. I am looking to get into the field of clinical research. I have research experience in retrospective studies but no direct experience with clinical trials. Many of the positions require clinical research experience. I am wondering what might be the best approach to enter this industry?
Ying Xu, I do realize how difficult it is to “break” into the Clinical business. In today’s market, you are competing with those who actually have the experience you are seeking, so from a competition standpoint, it is tough.
But not impossible! Of course we will keep our eyes open for you, but I believe in being 100% transparent. Therefore, I do want to confess that we don’t receive a lot of entry level positions into our firm. However, if you are open to starting as a Clinical Trial Assistant or even a Document Control person, that may help a lot.
The other option I would provide to you is to seek out positions with companies who are known for hiring entry level individuals and training them with their own proprietary methods. The companies who are best known for this practice include Quintiles, PPD, and PRA International. After a couple of years working with one of these well-known companies you will be significantly more competitive in the Clinical Research space.
Additionally, our team has put together an email class which will take you through the entire process of making yourself more competitive as a candidate. This is a free course where you will receive an email every 4 to 6 days, and you can opt out at any time. This is the same information we take candidates through when we represent them. I would be honored if you would sign up for this course (you can find the opt-in box at http://www.craresources.com/jobseekers.html).
I hope you find the information helpful and best of luck in your journey into clinical research,