Fellowship in the area of Clinical Research

Are you interested in performing study coordinator type responsibilities at a clinical research site and getting hands on experience to advance your career?  

 

As part of the New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science (a NIH CTSA hub), the Rutgers School of Health Professionals MS Clinical Research Management Program is accepting applications for  a Fellowship in the area of Clinical Research (No other MS program offers such an exciting opportunity).  This is a 6 month fulltime paid position ($25,000 to be paid over the 6 months) to gain hands on experience in the area of clinical research. The opportunity will be located at one of the Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences campuses (Newark NJ or Piscataway NJ – depending upon the site selected by the program).

 

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Eligibility Requirements
  • graduated from our program with a MS Clinical Research Management within the last year or will be graduating at the end of August 2021 term
  • cumulative GPA of 3.0 (with no Academic Integrity issues).
Summary of Responsibilities

This learning experience will strengthen the fellows’ abilities to bridge classroom training and hands on experiences in order to comprehensively address the development of a clinical research professional. The fellow will:

  • be mentored by the directors of the CRUs and receive on the job training.
  • be assigned to one or more studies and would support the investigators and their teams.
  • gain leadership and professionalism skills through participation in monthly seminars, round table discussions and journal clubs.
  • be exposed to onsite procedures as it relates to initiating and close-out of sites, screening of patients for inclusion and exclusion criteria, administering informed consent, preparation of documents for IRB, maintaining trial master files, adverse event review, and eCRF review.
  • be responsible for preparing and presenting  training to site personnel on an aspect of what they learned.
  • be encouraged to involve themselves in scholarship activities which would lead to an abstract for presentation at Rutgers Research Day

At the beginning of each fellowship a list of deliverables will be identified and agreed upon with each fellow for which they will need to complete during their 6 month fellowship.

Meet Megha Master

Our Inaugural Clinical Research Management Fellow

 

Megha Master, Inaugural Clinical Research Management Fellow

Megha Master, MS completed a 6-month NJ ACTS Clinical Research Management Fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Research Center (CRC).  The Workforce Core recently spoke with Megha to learn more about her journey and career development. Click the topics below to find out what we learned:

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Previous experience
Megha received her Bachelors degree in Chemistry in India and then pursued a second degree in Biochemistry from Rutgers University on Cook Campus. After graduating, she worked in industrial quality management and eventually found herself with an opportunity to obtain a Master’s degree from the Rutgers Clinical Trials Sciences program with a specialty in Clinical Regulatory Affairs. During her post-graduate didactic training, Megha completed a Capstone Project  as an Institutional Review Board (IRB) intern on the Rutgers Health and Sciences IRB review board in Newark, NJ. She graduated in 2019.
Inspiration
Her Program Director, Dr. Doreen W Lechner, was a major advocate for Megha and inspired her to apply for the fellowship program after finishing the Master’s degree.
Experiences as a Fellow
During the fellowship, Megha has been assigned monthly activities and submitted biweekly summaries of her work to encourage feedback and collaboration. During the first 2 months, Megha shadowed an expert in each position at the CRC; this was a great way to learn about all the roles required for effective clinical research management. Megha was also assigned the task of generating  new clinical research Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of her choice and making revisions to an additional  SOPS that were up for review. Megha was also expected to follow two clinical studies by participating in the enrollment process, patient visits, follow up care, and observational evaluation.
Most impactful experience
The study that inspired Megha the most was observing the PROMISE study; an observational study designed to follow patients with cystic fibrosis before and during treatment with a new triple combination drug approved this past November. Megha described how incredible it was to see participants come in with debilitating symptoms of their illness ill for their enrollment appointment and to watch the positive change in their health over time. At the end of her experience with  this study, she presented the clinical research to trainees and faculty from the Clinical Research Management program. Megha also discussed the broad experience she has had throughout the fellowship and how greatly it has impacted her.
Final projects
Megha’s final task was to assume a leadership role on one of the projects that the CRC was in need of completing to improve day-to-day management. Megha was given a number of options and chose to tackle the development of a crisis communication plan; a plan designed to assist personnel in responding to inquires surrounding a major unanticipated event, especially in the involvement of media. This required Megha to collaborate and reach out to a number of offices and departments across Rutgers. Her ultimate goal, once the plan is approved, is to generate a very simple flow chart that can answer “what do I do?” in a moment of crisis. Original plans for Megha  to present this research had been derailed by the current COVID-19 pandemic and, in the meantime, she has taken to generating a tool for Rutgers project managers and employees that allows them to go through a number of questions in the event of a potential crisis and provide an action plan specific to that event.
The future
Megha will pursue work in regulatory components of clinical research in either industry or academia.
Overall impression of the Fellowship
Megha found the fellowship to be an amazing opportunity to collaborate and learn about the complete process of clinical research. Her time as a fellow allowed Megha to really understand and experience the process from the eyes of the patients and their families.
Advice to future Fellows
“… take full advantage of the vast range of experiences the program has to offer and always take the time to appreciate the perspective of the patient.”

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