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What do you think this would entail?? Im curious......
Curiosity is a good thing, right???
This is my job title. It involves the coordination of clinical research studies. You see patients for study visits, obtain informed consent, conduct study procedures (could be anything from a survey to and EKG, blood draw, etc.), complete case report forms, prepare and submit study protocols to an Institutional Review Board. Basically you are the ringleader for everything involved in a study or (as most common, SEVERAL different studies!). Every so often you meet with a study monitor who comes to check you and your institution/department/docs out to be sure you are in compliance with FDA regulations.
I really enjoy my job. It gives me a chance to get close to my patients and their families. You also get to be involved the "cutting edge" of new medications and treatments for patients who often have no choices left. The hours are great for me. I work days 9-5, no nights, weekends, holidays, or call.
There are some downsides. Research means you follow some of the same patients for several months or years (some nurses dont like that). Also my patients have 24 hr access to me (pager).
If you are very unlucky, you may also receive visits from an FDA inspector for either routine monitoring of a study or--worse, for "cause". We had a routine one last year and I can honestly say it was one of the most stressful experiences in my life. Mistakes or ANY suspicious/missing/inconsistent data can lead to anything from a slap on the wrist to jail time and fines for anyone involved. So Research, while an enjoyable job, comes with a lot of responsibilities that are tied up with ethical treatment of people and responsibility to uphold the federal and state laws.