Tips for New Coordinator Training
Tips for Training New Coordinators
- Discuss gray areas
- The issues faced by clinical research coordinators do not always have clear-cut solutions.
- Discuss potential issues with your new coordinator and help him or her work through possible solutions.
- Provide real world examples throughout training
- If a coordinator shadows or gets hands-on experience from the beginning, they can more successfully comprehend training materials.
- This facilitates learning and makes training more effective.
- Incorporate longitudinal education into the coordinator’s position
- Coordinators can benefit from formal and informal education in the months and years after they are hired.
- Use experiences with patients and challenges that arise as opportunities to further educate coordinators.
- Emphasize the importance of balancing numerous tasks
- Clinical research coordinators have many responsibilities, including collecting data from participants, performing the informed consent process, monitoring trial procedures, and ensuring that research guidelines are followed.
- Exposing coordinators to all of their responsibilities from the beginning and advising them on how to best juggle multiple tasks will be extremely beneficial.