Clinical Program Manager

Oversee the staff, participants, and logistics of clinical trials.
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Salary Range
$89,000 – $155,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Clinical Program Managers do?

Clinical programs are organized research studies in which Scientists, Engineers, and Pharmacologists learn how medicines affect the body in a real-world testing environment. Clinical Program Managers supervise these programs at pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and clinics.

In a sense, you can think of your Clinical Program Manager duties as similar to those of a Project Manager. The project in question is typically a medical study. That means you’re in charge of hiring the Nurses, office personnel, Doctors, Pharmacists, and other employees needed to complete the task. With your staff in place, you make sure they’re properly trained and informed of your expectations.

As a Clinical Program Manager, you’re charged with reporting the detailed results of the research study. That requires adherence to governmental, industry, and company policies. In fact, you might even author the procedural manual. In addition, you handle the details of when and where the program will take place, who will participate, and how information will be collected and reported.

Then there’s the legal side of things to deal with. You meet with Lawyers to draw up all-inclusive consent and liability release forms, figure out the amounts of payment to participants, and work out any required permissions from the government. At the end of the day, you’re involved in the entire process so every staff member knows who to go to when they have a question.

Should I be a Clinical Program Manager?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Clinical Project Manager

    How to become a Clinical Program Manager

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