Taking part in PharmaTimes International Clinical Researcher of the Year was a challenging, exciting and fun experience. Not only did I finally read in depth the ICH GCP, but I also got a chance to stop and really think about our important role as CRAs in the world of clinical trials. The PharmaTimes competition enabled me to a challenge myself, to meet fellow clinical research professionals from all over the world, and was overall a wonderful opportunity that I greatly appreciate and recommend.
Covance – Silver 2017
It was an amazing experience. I was able to interact with colleagues from Europe and Asia Pacific and I found the competition itself both challenging and rewarding. Participation in the finals has helped my career in allowing me to progress further to become CRA II at PRA, while the feedback provided has allowed me to determine areas I can focus on to improve. Overall it is something that I would strongly encourage CRA’s to participate as the knowledge and experience gained has been invaluable for me, both professionally and personally.
CRA, PRA Health Sciences – Finalist 2017
In terms of my career, taking part has really helped put me on the radar for senior management and since the competition I have been promoted to manager of clinical operations - the recognition from PharmaTimes definitely helped!
now manager of clinical operations, strategic solutions - Bronze 2017
The PharmaTimes competition was an incredible and fantastic opportunity to network with and benchmark my professional skills amongst industry colleagues. It was an invaluable experience that I thoroughly enjoyed which helped elevate my professional profile and progress my career in the CRA role. As a finalist, it was great to compete with such an amazing talent pool and whilst the final stage was challenging, it was a wonderful opportunity to identify areas of improvement which helped in my professional development.
CRA, PRA Health Sciences
It was very humbling to be recongised by industry stalwarts. To know that your hard work and aptitude is not only appreciated by my colleagues but also by other industry leaders is very rewarding. It is also very satisfying to know that I played my part in our company winning the overall award. It was definitely an enjoyable experience from the first to the last stage, made even sweeter by taking home the gong.
Project analyst, clinical vendor management, PR Health Sciences, Clinical Trial Administrator of the Year 2017 (Gold)
What I gained most was knowledge and expertise as I had to undergo a lot of self-learning and research in my own time in order to pass the exam and generate an accurate and competitive essay. The experience definitely highlighted gaps in my knowledge but at the same time gave me vast amounts of confidence in my current abilities as I was given some great feedback from the judges.
AbbVie, Aspiring Clinical Research Associate of the Year 2017 (Silver)
We can all improve the way we work and competitions such as this provide an ideal platform. From networking opportunities to taking the time to self-reflect and challenge your work practices, I think there are many benefits from the competition.
PRA Health Sciences, Team Leader of the Year winner
An assessment of skills and performance is a great way to be challenged. The international reputation of the PharmaTimes competitions and the recognition from the whole industry brings a feeling of acknowledgement of our talents – it must feel similar to winning an Oscar!
PRA Health Sciences, member of the Clinical Team of the Year
The competition was a golden opportunity to challenge myself and find the time to stop and think outside the box. I especially enjoyed the friendly but professional atmosphere during the finals and the interesting discussion with board members during my presentation. I found the whole process very motivating, particularly being able to measure my skills against some of the best project managers out there. It was a true learning experience.
PRA Health Sciences, Project Manager of the Year winner
This competition felt like a very personal journey for me and I saw it as a way to affirm to myself that I do know my role and that I am good at what I do. I was happy enough to have been a finalist, but to win was overwhelming. I would encourage people to enter the competition and experience it – you never know what you may learn about yourself.
inVentiv Health Clinical, Strategic Partnership Manager of the Year winner