CRA Training Program

A Commitment to Training to Deliver the Highest Quality:

We know that well-trained CRAs play a crucial part in the success of a clinical trial, which is why we invest heavily in a comprehensive and rigorous internal training program for CRAs, referred to as PACE® (Professionals Achieving CRA Excellence). PACE® provides each CRA with a hands-on training curriculum covering their job functions and all facets of clinical research for both drug/biologic and medical device clinical trials.
*The PACE® CRA Training Program has been trademarked with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

PACE® provides a detailed and thorough training curriculum that includes FDA/EU regulations, ICH/GCP, Medpace SOPs, specialized departmental trainings, industry best practices, and therapeutic area reviews.

PACE® Reaches Every Trainee by Using Proven Learning Strategies Including:

  • Formal instructor-led training sessions
  • Discussion-based workshops
  • Mock visit practicums
  • Independent hands-on exercises
  • Electronic exam/testing modules
  • Informational videos
  • Formalized mentorship
  • Field-based training visits
  • Independent therapeutic area trainings, led by Medpace Medical Monitoring staff
  • Local country specific regulations

Through PACE®, each CRA achieves essential monitoring knowledge and skills to effectively monitor according to the study protocol, trial objectives/endpoints, ICH/GCP, and applicable regulatory requirements. PACE® also helps CRAs build effective communication and soft skills in order to create positive, team-based working relationships with clinical trial sites.

PACE® Certificate Programs

As an extension of PACE®, Medpace offers advanced training curricula in many therapeutic areas specifically designed for CRAs with the skill set and experience necessary to monitor more complex studies.

Medpace also offers certificate programs in the following therapeutic areas and are designed for CRAs to learn the skill set and obtain the experience necessary to monitor complex studies within these indications:

  • Oncology
  • Medical device
  • Rare disease
  • Infectious disease
  • Advanced therapeutic medicinal products (ATMP)
  • COVID-19

These certificate programs consist of self-directed study, interactive training and testing modules, therapeutic-specific discussions led by Medpace Medical Monitoring staff, and in-field training opportunities.

PACE® Development

After completing PACE®, Medpace CRAs continue to receive ongoing training through the monthly CRA newsletter and seminars offered approximately once a quarter. The monthly CRA newsletter includes system updates, case studies, and helpful reminders.

Seminar topics include industry updates/best practices, core monitoring SOP revisions, ClinTrakSM (Medpace Clinical Trial Management System) work flow enhancements and improvements, specialized therapeutic area seminars, and many more. The seminars are led by Training & Development and Medpace Medical Monitoring staff.

Additionally, PACE® continues to develop CRAs by offering specialty role-based trainings for those that become Mentors, Trainers and/or Lead CRAs.