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    How to get selected for clinical research


    Industry changes ahead

    “Formal research and regulatory compliance training today [are] essential,” stresses Nogueira, noting that, if pursuing a formal degree in the area of research is not feasible for a busy clinician, it is important for physicians to attend compliance and research courses at national meetings such as the AAD or through the FDA. 

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    It is important to remain realistic and not be discouraged by setbacks.  Gallagher notes that the environment of industry consolidation has led to a contraction in research opportunities. Even well-seasoned clinicians are not always selected for some studies for which they would be an ideal fit. Perseverance is definitely required, but within reason. Within the aesthetic sphere, Besse comments that financial rewards for the company and physician should not affect research outcomes. “Physicians should avoid pressures with conducting clinical studies with any bias toward the outcomes that all desire. We all must work together to insure that clinical studies best translate into quality outcomes and ultimately the true goal—happy patients.”

    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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