Thank you for your opinion. Both the CRC and CRA positions involve a lot of administrative paperwork. CRA's provide oversight and train physicians, nurses, and CRC's (in clinical trials and device trials). A CRC coordinates a trial in a facility, scheduling patient visits, lab studies, drug administration and recruits patients, etc. You are interacting with health care professionals in both positions.choose the one where you will have lots of interaction with not only patients but also doctors and nurses. don't choose an occupation where you will be asked to do lots of paper work. it's best for you to be involved in a job where you're learning and getting a feel of how it is to be a future physician.
I would suggest working where ever you think would offer the best letter of recommendation. Be it, your PI...a physician...or someone who looks impressive. I worked as a CRA at an Army Medical Center, which offered many opportunities for LORs.Which work experience is better for non traditional pre-meds?
Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) at a highly ranked medical school
Clinical Research Associate (CRA) in a small private CRO
Thanks for your advice!
Yes it is true the medical school I currently work at happens to be my alma mater (that does help). I'm actually trying to determine if I should stay where I am or switch to a CRA position for a new experience.How do you find a research position as a non-trad? Do professors from universities take people in who are not students of the college? Probably not huh.