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    How to get selected for clinical research


    How to get noticed

    Industry heads won’t snap in the direction of flash-in-the-pan, quick-fix leads. Hard work, intellectual curiosity and dedication to science seem to be the recipe for success in clinical research. “Most companies like to work with well-established and well-respected luminaries as well as experienced young leaders,” states Besse. Past publications, a well-organized and trained research team, and proper educational training are key qualifications for selection as an investigator. Attending and presenting at scientific meetings such as the AAD and the SID impart credibility to your name, according to Nogueira.  Gallagher highlights the importance of proper motivations for participating in research. It requires significant energy, passion, curiosity, and time. “Investigators should not expect to get involved in research for the money. While investigators are compensated for their efforts, it is really a labor of love,” adds Gallagher.

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    How to be successful over the long haul

    Integrity, work ethic, and attention to detail are common themes among feedback from industry experts. Research is a laborious endeavor—proper staffing, facilities, and ethical behavior are required to be successful over a significant period of time. Another quality is worth noting: humility. “Receptiveness to feedback from company staff inspecting the site is important,” stresses Gallagher. The overall structure of your clinical practice may also dictate success over time. A diverse and large patient pool and having multiple, qualified investigators at one location are key determinants to inclusion in some studies. Consider how you lead your staff as well, as others are observing. According to Besse, “Physicians who command respect within their practices (which never comes without showing mutual respect to their staff) have clinical teams that are dedicated to their patients and their outcomes.”

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    Melanie D. Palm, M.D., M.B.A.
    Melanie D. Palm, M.D., is director of Art of Skin MD in Solana Beach, Calif. Visit her at http://www.artofskinmd.com


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