Thursday, October 29, 2009

Clinical Data Manager (CDM)

Do you know anyone who is currently working as a Clinical Data Manager (CDM)? What is a CDM? We live in a world of acronyms that are so difficult to remember unless you work in that specific industry. If you don't work in clinical research and data management, then you may not be familiar with terms such as CDM, CRO, CCDM, GCP, CRA, CRC, GCDMP, etc.

Here are a few job descriptions that I copied from some recent CDM job postings:
The Clinical Data Manager is a key position in Clinical Data Management leading large / global projects, or multiple projects with responsibility for the development of the project Data Management Plan, data management systems set-up, and data accession, data entry and data review specifications and processes, and oversight of data management activities for the delivery of clinical data according to client quality and integrity specifications, project timelines and budgets. The Clinical Data Manager will develop and maintain a close liaison with project client contacts, core team members, and Project Managers to drive the data management aspects of project delivery.
Here's another job description:
Clinical Data Manager works collaboratively with Clinical Operations, Biometrics, PVG, Regulatory and other staff to meet project deliverables. The successful candidate will also have the ability to gather, organize, and analyze clinical data from multiple data sources. The incumbent will provide oversight to CROs, while performing extensive hands-on Clinical Data Management activities from protocol design through regulatory submission. This position will offer the ability to work in a stable and well-established company while also having a high level of visibility.
If you're interested in learning more, you may want to take a look at the Society for Clinical Data Management. Here's a little blurb about that organization:

The Society for Clinical Data Management was established in 1994 to advance the discipline of clinical data management and promote excellence and quality among clinical data managers and related professionals.

Today, SCDM has more than 2,600 members and is considered the industry leader in professional development resources. We are increasingly an international organization - our members currently represent nearly 40 countries outside North America.

Our Certified Clinical Data Manager (CCDM®) program sets the standard for quality in clinical research labs across the United States and around the world. Our Good Clinical Data Management Practices (GCDMP) establishes best practices for all facets of clinical data management and is the resource of choice for CDM professionals.

To learn more about the SCDM, visit:

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