Day-to-day activities will vary according to project requirements. The placement student will support the UK facilities lead in any facilities or engineering related projects. Data analysis, project management and presentation are some of the tasks I took responsibility for a given project. I also supported Global Workplace and Enterprise Services (GWES) operations with record keeping and data collection. There are also many opportunities for networking, personal development and collaborating with other teams.
Maintaining the workflow of documents through various systems of record for medical approval Attending cross-functional meetings regarding product launches Assisting in project managing pre-license patient access programmes and local data generation studies Conducting literature reviews on clinical pathways Shadowing MSLs during HCP meetings Attending disease area training and clinical trial data training
Assisting members of the UK and Ireland Global Clinical Trials Operations with managing the oversight, finance, safety and ethical aspects of multiple clinical trials. I communicated with research teams within the NHS to complete these tasks on a regular basis.
As a CTC I would do administrative tasks for the clinical trial teams, such as running reports for the study team meetings, localising informed consent forms specific for each site and sending essential documents to the sites to be filed in the investigator site files. As a CRA I would go on site visits with my CRA mentor where we would assess the site files for any missing documents or mistakes that need correcting and liase with the Investigators, study nurses and pharmacists involved in the trial.
Everyday is different working in a laboratory setting. I worked on experiments for my own project, however these often span over many days working with cells so whilst you may start your work on a Monday, you would finish and obtain your data on a Friday. During the pandemic when on-site time was limited I may have been asked to help with my team's experiments too. In the office my work would range from analysis of my results, maintaining my lab book, writing protocols, attending any meetings (could be company-wide or just a 1:1 with my manager) or preparing a PowerPoint for a future presentation.
Doing the admin tasks associated with keeping clinical trials running smoothly, including but not limited to: - actioning weekly eTMF reports to correct document properties - running reports for study team meetings - finance - Printing and sending of hard copy documents to site - creating site files for sites - actioning any CRM/CRA requests As a CRA intern you also get to shadow a CRA and (normally in non-COVID times) attend site visits with them.
My role involved designing and leading an exciting research project that, if proved successful, would help to accelerate the progress of the discovery of targets to combat the world's most challenging neurodegenerative disorders. Alongside the project, I attended events, seminars, and workshops that were led by excellent scientists from around the world. I participated in the Buddy Scheme where I was having frequent meetings with a colleague from a different department.
Involved in marketing campaigns across all channels to both the general public and healthcare professionals. Working to market each of the vaccines within the franchise (HPV, PPV, Shingles, Chickenpox). Work with a range of third parties to bring together marketing materials.
My role includes: - Project management - Development of strategic marketing campaigns (both healthcare professional facing and population facing) - Stakeholder management - 3rd party management - Brand planning - Opportunity space and customer journey mapping - KPI setting and review - Development of marketing materials in line with the ABPI code of practice - Supported the launch of MSD's non-promotional Antimicrobial Stewardship website
My placement was split into two roles; half as a 'Clinical Trial Coordinator (CTC)' and half as a 'Clinical Research Associate' (CRA). The CTC role was centered around providing office based support to the companies clinical research teams, with responsibilities in admin, document management and finance. The CRA role was focused around monitoring clinical trials run by the company at NHS hospitals sites around the UK/ROI.
I really enjoyed my Clinical Research placement. The welcoming nature of the company and range of opportunities made for a very informative and exciting year. Everyone I worked with was willing to help and support me in my learning and experiences. I was able to work across two teams within the department which provided me with a wide range of opportunities and broad knowledge of clinical trials as a result.