A Commitment to Training to Deliver the Highest Quality:
PACE – Professionals Achieving CRA Excellence
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. 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.
PACE provides a detailed and thorough training curriculum lasting approximately 6-12 months. The program 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:
- Instructor-led formalized sessions
- Discussion-based workshops
- Mock visit practicums
- Independent hands-on exercises
- Electronic exam/testing modules
- Informational videos
- Formalized mentorship
- Field-based training visits
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.
In conjunction with PACE training, CRAs complete a core departmental rotation (PACE Rotation) to work hands-on with specific Medpace departments, helping them gain skills/knowledge and better understand the integration of core Medpace functions. Examples of PACE Rotations include:
- Data Management
- Project Coordination
- Study Start-up/Regulatory Submissions
- Regulatory Documents Quality Control
- Site Payments & Contracts
- Lead CRA Support
CRAs may also have an opportunity to complete PACE Special Projects to support ad-hoc project-specific or department-specific requests, which again offers an additional learning opportunity for the CRA, while contributing to the overall business model success.
PACE Supplementary Curriculums
As an extension of PACE, Medpace offers advanced training curriculums in many therapeutic areas specifically designed for CRAs with the skill set and experience necessary to monitor more complex studies. The programs consist of self-directed study, interactive training and testing modules, therapeutic-specific discussions led by Medpace Medical Monitors, and in-field training opportunities.
Experienced clinical research professionals go through a tailored training curriculum, referred to as Fast PACE. Fast PACE enables experienced CRAs to build upon their existing industry knowledge, while still learning the underlying principles of PACE.
After completing PACE, Medpace CRAs continue to receive ongoing training through in-services and seminars offered at least once a quarter. Development 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 development sessions are led by our Training & Development staff and Medpace Medical Monitors. Additionally, PACE continues to develop CRAs by offering specialty role-based trainings for those that become Mentors, Trainers and/or Lead CRAs.