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ICON's Global CRA Academy Program - Argentina Success Story

Posting date: 25/08/2023
Author: Inside ICON

ICON plc's Global CRA Academy Program and the Argentina Success Story

In the ever-evolving realm of clinical research, the role of Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) continues to be in a critical position in supporting clinical trials. 

The role of the CRA is involved in all phases of clinical trials, from start-up to close-out. The main role of a CRA is to ensure the safety and efficacy of the investigational products being researched. ICON understands the significance of nurturing talent to meet the demands of this dynamic field.

The CRA Academy program reflects ICON's dedication to cultivating professionals who can drive innovation and excellence in clinical research. 

In our LATAM CRA Academy, incumbents start their training as In-house Clinical Research Associates (IHCRA), and are quickly moved into CRAs, and will engage directly with and travel to the research sites..

What does the CRA Academy involve?

Comprehensive Training: Participants are trained in the clinical research principles, GCP guidelines, and the nuances of their roles as CRAs or In-House CRAs. 

Practical Experience: The program offers practical exposure through simulated training scenarios, preparing participants for real-world challenges. 

Collaborative Culture: Emphasis on teamwork and camaraderie creates a supportive learning environment, facilitating knowledge sharing and mutual growth. 

Career Progression: The program aligns with personal growth aspirations, offering a clear trajectory for participants to excel within the organization. 

Guidance and Mentorship: Participants receive mentorship from seasoned professionals, ensuring a seamless transition into their roles.


What did participants think about the CRA Academy?

While ICON's CRA Academy program is a global initiative, our focus is on the success story that has unfolded within the Argentina cohort. This dynamic group of individuals has embraced the opportunity to develop their careers within the clinical research industry under the guidance of ICON's expert team. 

Let's explore the insights shared by participants and uncover the value of this unique initiative. From the feedback provided by participants, a common thread of enthusiasm, camaraderie, and a relentless pursuit of excellence emerges. 

• "The CRA Academy was a great way to learn about the role of a CRA and to get the skills I need to be successful in this field. The program was very comprehensive and covered all the topics I needed to know. I also appreciated the opportunity to participate in in-field training visits." - Irina 

 • "The program was very well-organized and the instructors were very knowledgeable. I felt like I was really prepared to start my career as a CRA after completing the academy." - Martina 

• "The CRA Academy is a great way to get started in clinical research. The program is very supportive and the team is always willing to help. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who is interested in a career in this field." - Daniela 

 • "The CRA Academy was an excellent way to learn about the ABCs of the role of an IHCRA employee. The program provided me with the tools necessary to not only comprehend the abstract aspects of my role but also put them into practice." - Ignacio 

 • "The camaraderie that is offered by this academy at ICON aids in the process of adjusting. I cannot emphasize enough how much everyone in ICON is willing to provide a helping hand at any moment." - Rocío


Career Aspirations for future CRAs

ICON is committed to developing the next generation of CRAs by merging comprehensive training, immersive experiences, and collaborative learning, the program equips participants with the skills to thrive. 

For those aspiring to be part of this transformative journey, opportunities await; search for opportunities at ICON and apply directly online to embark on a career that helps bring lifesaving drugs to market and improves patients’ quality of life.

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