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Why Clinical Trials Benefit from Diverse Applicants

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on June 07, 2022

Medical treatments go through rigorous testing before approval because doctors, patients, and all relevant parties want to know they can rely on those treatments.

Indeed, there are occasional side effects and reasons why someone isn't the right fit for the treatment, but medical professionals must know the exceptions before approving treatments for broader use. So how do they ensure that their clinical trials effectively give them the information they need to rely on the treatments down the road?

One of the significant ways to ensure they collect sound data is through diverse applicants in their clinical research studies. Having applicants from all walks of life helps increase confidence in the treatment's effectiveness across all people. If there are disparities in clinical results, such as different outcomes for one gender versus another, doctors and patients must have that information before opting into the final version of the treatment. Diverse trials can help researchers adjust the formulation and timing of a treatment to create a final protocol that works as well as possible for many people.

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Topics: Clinical Research

Recruiting Diverse Populations for Clinical Research Trials

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on May 03, 2022

The pandemic brought the world of clinical research front and center. It made more people learn about testing new medical treatments ethically and thoroughly. Every health treatment and innovation needs proper testing to understand its complexity and how people from all backgrounds respond to the procedure or medication. Growing treatment options and medical necessity makes clinical research an essential and expanding field.

An excellent example of how clinical research education can help is in the world of research recruitment. Recruiting diverse populations for clinical trials is integral to getting reliable data from the results of such trials. Let's explore how this process tends to occur.

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Topics: Clinical Research

Foundations of Clinical Research: Tips to Advance in a Healthcare Field

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on February 04, 2022

Many people envision that college classes are for significant shifts, from being in high school into a career for the first time or from one field into a different field. However, Portland Community College hosts various programs that help trained and educated professionals move to the next level within their fields or expand their job responsibilities. 

A great example is the collaborative work within the Foundations of Clinical Research program. This program is offered once a year, with more limited enrollment. Most medical professionals in this program are already registered nurses or have even higher credentials but are looking into how to participate in research studies or how to get involved in clinical research conducted at their hospitals or other healthcare settings.

Let's dive in and see how this program helps professionals expand their skills and widen their career opportunities, even mid-career! 

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Topics: Healthcare, Clinical Research

Meet Your Instructor: Yashodhan “Yash” Khajanchee

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on January 29, 2021

Meet Your Instructor: Yashodhan “Yash” Khajanchee, M.B.B.S., MS, MCR
Yash Khajanchee was born in India, where he went to Medical School and completed his training in general surgery in 1996. In 1999, he was offered a research fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at Legacy Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Portland, Oregon.

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Topics: Healthcare, Meet the IHP Team, Clinical Research

Benefits of the Fundamentals of Clinical Research Course

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 25, 2020

Kinjal Mistry was trained in pharmacy and pharmacology in India before moving to the United States in 2019. Mistry sought an affordable path to using her past training paired with a deep interest in research. She discovered an outlet for both passions with PCC's Clinical Research program. We recently sat down with her to learn more about her experience - you can learn more about her journey below! 

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Topics: Healthcare, CLIMB Center, Clinical Research

The Origins of the Clinical Research Program: Seeing a Need and Filling It

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on November 23, 2020

Developing new programs at Portland Community College's Institute for Health Professionals requires understanding the needs of Portland’s health industry. One particular area of the industry experiencing high turnover, expensive training, and a lack of qualified applicants: clinical researchers and clinical research assistants. The IHP team went to work and built its online clinical research program, offered during the spring. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Clinical Research

How Much Does a Clinical Research Assistant Make?

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on March 06, 2020

Clinical Research Assistants (CR Assistants) spend their time performing trials for new treatments, diagnostic devices, and medications. They also work with patients directly in a healthcare atmosphere. They have important responsibilities that include: 

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Topics: Healthcare, Entry Level Healthcare Careers, Clinical Research, institute for health professionals, Portland Community College

Meet Your Instructor: Kristin Stiller - Clinical Research

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on February 01, 2020

Meet Your Instructor: Kristin Stiller, BA, MHA, CCRP
Kristin is an instructor in the Foundations of Clinical Research program.  She teaches Good Clinical Practice; Ethical oversight; Scientific Integrity, Privacy and Overview of Study Design - Methods, Types, and Drug Development Process.

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Topics: Healthcare, Meet the IHP Team, Clinical Research

Meet Clinical Research Instructor, Mica Werner

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on January 31, 2020

Mica Werner, MSM, is an Instructor at Portland Community College. She grew up in Ann Arbor, MI. After earning a BA in English from Michigan State University she took the next logical step and accepted a job as a medical assistant in a women’s health clinic.

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Topics: Healthcare, Clinical Research

5 of the Latest Trends Transforming the Clinical Research Field

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on October 16, 2019

Clinical research is constantly evolving. There are always new findings, practices and technologies transforming the way clinical research is conducted and managed. Staying on top of the latest trends and changes is key if you’re a clinical research professional or someone interested in entering the field.

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Topics: Healthcare, Clinical Research

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