Aside from clinical experience, there are many factors you should take into consideration when gauging whether a monitor is a good fit for your particular study.

Team player or police?  Monitors are the primary point person for site personnel on a trial. Most importantly, they must have the ability to work as a team player with the site while still making sure that the site is adhering to the protocol and providing good patient care.  Monitors walk a fine line on a daily basis.  Someone who comes into a site with an attitude of “I’m here to police you” will not garner goodwill for the sponsor.

Keep it simple.  Monitors need to have the ability to explain technical information in layman’s terms, both in the therapeutic area and in the use of technology for the trial (EDC).

Detail vs. rigidity.  Monitors must have attention to detail but not be so rigid that they are unable to think outside the box in some situations.

I love my job!  Monitoring is an arduous job. With the travel, the different climates, the lack of sleep you may experience in hotels, etc., being on your A-game really requires an individual that loves the job.

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