clinical project manager role

This is a solo episode where I share with you “13 Suggestions for Becoming a Great Clinical Project Manager.”

If you are currently clinical project manager or desire to transition into the clinical project manager role, this episode is for you. This episode will also serve well for those interested in learning about what are the roles and responsibilities of a clinical project manager.

In this episode, I’ll share with you the fundamentals, tactics and soft skills that turn a good project manager into a great project manager.

At the most basic level, a project manager must be familiar with the clinical study protocol, clinical study procedure(s), and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) requirements.

Next, a clinical project manager needs to be savvy with creating and managing study budgets, timelines and resources.

Finally, the soft skills make a world of a difference between a good project manager and a great project manager. I’ll share with you 6 specific soft skills that will help you exponentially if you are really serious about the clinical project manager role.

Thanks to my blog reader Christopher B. for recommending this topic.

Do you have a topic idea for my next podcast episode? If so, leave me your suggestion is the comments section below.

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Show Notes:

[01:26] Protocol, follow-up requirements and adverse event reporting 

[04:42] Understanding the clinical procedure 

[06:02] Good Clinical Practice 

[07:20] Managing a clinical study budget 

[08:22] Proficiency with Microsoft Excel 

[14:41] Developing and executing on study timelines 

[22:05] Managing study resources 

[24:02] Paying attention to compliance 

[28:13] Being self-aware 

[29:40] Being objective in your decision making process 

[31:04] Being proactive and results driven 

[32:58] Ask questions and be curious 

[36:40] Explain your thought process 

[38:05] How to communicate effectively 

QUESTION: What was your favorite lesson from this episode?

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8 Thoughts on "CTP 004: 13 Suggestions for Becoming a Great Clinical Project Manager"

  1. Christopher A. Boyd
    September 7, 2017

    Great Podcast. A lot of very good information!

    • Kunal Sampat
      September 7, 2017

      Hey Christopher, thank you! Glad you found this podcast helpful. This episode is dedicated to you 🙂

  2. Yaseen Patel
    August 27, 2018

    Absolutely amazing insight. I am currently applying in clinical project management roles and I couldn’t have found this project at better timing.

    • Kunal Sampat
      August 27, 2018

      Hey Yaseen, Great, glad to hear. Let me know how things work out for you.

  3. Jeffrey
    September 4, 2018

    Can you please repost the link to the FDA document? The link is not working.
    Thank you!

  4. Brian Mai
    October 25, 2021

    Great Podcast and thank you for linking your podcast to me. I found that many of the topics discussed here truly makes a great Clinical Project Manager. Although there is much to learn this is a great episode that provides valuable lessons on critical skills, knowledge, and understanding to push my career in clinical development/project management to the next level.
    One skill I would love to improve on is asking good questions and will definitely check out the book from Kevin Kelly. Thank you for providing quality content Kunal!

    • Kunal Sampat
      October 25, 2021

      You are welcome, Brian. Yes, Kevin’s book is great read. Asking great questions is a skill to develop/ hone.

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