Clinical Research Fastrack

Day in the Life of a CRC

Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) are an integral part of the Clinical Research team, responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of clinical trials. Their role involves overseeing study participants, ensuring that study protocols are followed, and maintaining accurate records. CRCs play a critical role in ensuring that clinical trials are conducted ethically and in compliance with … Read more

Growth Opportunities Available for Healthcare Workers in Clinical Research.

Medical advances continue to influence the healthcare landscape, and Clinical Research continues to play an increasingly important role in developing treatments and therapies. There is a constant need for skilled professionals in this dynamic industry, giving those looking to advance their careers numerous opportunities.  The number of registered trials (on the global registry for … Read more

What Experience Do I Need to Work in Clinical Research?

Clinical research is a field that holds tremendous promise for those who want to make a real difference in the world of medicine. Whether you’re interested in developing new treatments, finding cures for diseases, or improving patient outcomes, clinical research is a vital part of the process. However, breaking into this field can be challenging, … Read more

Common Myths About Clinical Research.

Imagine a world without clinical research – a world where new treatments and therapies are never tested, and medical advancements grind to a halt. It’s a bleak and terrifying thought, yet many people hold misconceptions and myths about clinical research that can hinder progress and prevent breakthroughs from being made. Debunking these myths is essential … Read more

Transitioning to Clinical Research from a Different Field: Tips for Making a Successful Change.

Interested in a career in clinical research but come from a different background? Transitioning to clinical research may seem daunting, but it is not only possible, at Clinical Research Fastrack, we make it practical and accessible. Clinical research offers a variety of opportunities for professionals with diverse backgrounds and skill sets. A successful transition to clinical … Read more

Top Job Opportunities in Clinical Research.

Do you have a natural curiosity and a desire to make a positive impact in healthcare? Clinical research is a growing field where you can be on the cutting edge of medical advancement! Clinical research involves testing and evaluating new treatments, therapies, and medical devices, and the results of these studies are shaping the future … Read more

What Are the Qualities that Make a Strong Clinical Researcher?

Clinical research is the unsung hero of medical science. Behind every groundbreaking discovery, countless clinical researchers are working diligently in labs and hospitals across the world. Yet not all clinical researchers are created equal. Some possess the key qualities that make them excel in this field, while others fall short. In this blog, we’ll take … Read more

The Importance of Soft Skills in Clinical Research: Communication, Collaboration, and Leadership

Clinical research involves complex scientific processes, rigorous regulations, and critical decision-making. However, it is not just technical expertise and knowledge that make a successful clinical researcher. In fact, soft skills, such as communication, collaboration, and leadership, play a crucial role in ensuring the success of clinical trials.  Effective communication can prevent misunderstandings, while collaboration brings … Read more

Challenges and Risks for Launching Decentralized Trials

Picture this – conducting clinical trials in your participant’s home, eliminating their need for travel and long wait times. Decentralized Trials, also known as remote trials, are changing the face of Clinical Research by using technology and remote monitoring to conduct trials outside of traditional settings. With its numerous advantages, such as patient convenience, increased … Read more

Diversifying the Clinical Research Field: How We Can Help Provide Solutions

Advancing medical knowledge and improving patient care are critical functions of Clinical Research. However, the lack of diversity historically in clinical trials has hampered our ability to find the most effective treatments. This lack of diversity can result in biased research that doesn’t accurately represent all populations, leading to disparities in available care. In this … Read more

The Rise of AI in Clinical Research

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has revolutionized many industries, including healthcare. The use of AI can facilitate collaboration and data sharing among researchers, leading to faster and more effective discoveries. And with any new technology we face  challenges and limitations associated with integrating AI in clinical research, including data privacy and security, lack of standardization, and algorithm … Read more

Clinical Trial Participant Recruitment and Retention Tips.

Clinical trials are the backbone of modern medicine, giving us the opportunity to test new treatments and find better ways to prevent and cure diseases. However, one of the biggest challenges in conducting clinical trials is finding enough eligible individuals to participate and keeping them engaged throughout the study. This is where participant recruitment and … Read more

Staffing Shortages Drive Delays in Clinical Research Trials.

Clinical Research trials play a crucial role in the development and approval of new medical treatments. However, staffing shortages are significantly impacting the timeline and success of these trials. With a limited pool of qualified professionals, such as Clinical Research coordinators and investigators, delays are occurring in recruitment, data collection, and overall study progression.  These … Read more

What’s New in Clinical Research: Emerging Trends and Technologies.

Clinical Research plays a crucial role in advancing medical knowledge and improving patient outcomes. Through clinical trials, healthcare professionals help test new treatments, drugs, medical devices, and therapies in humans to gather data that will help them better understand diseases, develop more effective treatments, and improve patient care. This blog post aims to provide an … Read more

The Rise of Home Diagnostics: A Game-Changer in Healthcare & Clinical Research!

The healthcare industry is constantly evolving, and with the advent of new treatments, technologies, and new therapeutics, it’s becoming easier for individuals to take control of their health. One of the fastest-growing areas in healthcare today is home diagnostics. With the rise of telemedicine and the increasing affordability of home diagnostic devices, patients can now … Read more

There’s More to Clinical Research Than Lab Research.

It is common to think that clinical research occurs exclusively in labs where scientists perform experiments using test tubes and Petri dishes. Clinical Research is a field where we are testing new treatments, drugs, devices and therapies in humans. And while lab work can be one component, Clinical Research goes far beyond laboratory work. From … Read more

What is Clinical Research?

Clinical Research is an exciting field that assesses the safety and effectiveness of new treatments, interventions, and technologies in humans. Across the United States and across the globe we are driving medical knowledge forward by bringing new therapies to market in the clinical research industry. The development of innovative and improved treatments depends on this … Read more

Female Innovators: Lauren Ballina Chang

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead Medical innovation is finding new treatments that are nothing short of miraculous. While new scientific discoveries are heralded as amazing efforts by heroic individuals, it’s the soldiers behind the … Read more

What do you need to get hired in Clinical Research?

As a rapidly growing and diverse sector of healthcare, the Clinical Research industry is where leading minds are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in science and medicine. Roles in Clinical Research continue to open across the country, and the number of available careers in this industry is rising at a rapid rate. Anyone looking … Read more

Clinical Research Fastrack graduates are making strides in the industry. 

Justin Braithwaite zoomed into the CRF classroom, nervous about the future. Despite the apprehension he held in his heart, he dove into the program head first, immersing himself fully in the curriculum and tackling challenges head-on. Fast forward a year later, PharmaTimes magazine selected Justin as a finalist in the study start-up category. The most … Read more

Developments in Stem Cell Research.

What’s changing in Clinical Research? One example of how Clinical Research is leading the future of non-invasive surgeries is the incredible developments in stem cell research. Why Are Clinical Trials Important? Clinical trials are essential for the development of treatments that are both safe and effective. They are designed to answer questions about new therapies … Read more

Research Revolution Conference Scholarship Opportunity With Florence Healthcare

Attention Clinical Research Fastrack students and alumni! SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY! Florence Healthcare and Clinical Research Fastrack have teamed up to offer 3 Clinical Research Professionals an incredible opportunity to attend Florence Healthcare’s Research Revolution conference in Atlanta, GA November 1-3, 2022 FOR FREE! This conference affords the winners an incredible opportunity to learn from leaders in the clinical research field, … Read more

Clinical Research Fastrack Partners with Social Finance

BOSTON and SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 6, 2022—Today, Social Finance announced its latest Career Impact Bond, a $5 million partnership with Clinical Research Fastrack to help people facing barriers to employment, including immigrants and refugees with impressive medical or science degrees earned outside of the U.S., find careers within the growing clinical research industry. The Clinical Research Fastrack Career Impact Bond will serve … Read more

Clinical Research Fastrack Partners with Alcanza Clinical Research

BOSTON, June 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As part of its mission to expand diversity and inclusion in clinical research, Alcanza Clinical Research announces a new program to provide funding and mentorship to support African American individuals pursuing clinical research careers. This program is also designed to drive broader representation in the workforce. Alcanza’s first effort, in recognition of … Read more

Clinical Research Fastrack Partners with Elligo Health Research

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, APRIL 1ST, 2021 – The only path forward in medicine is through clinical trials. That is why Clinical Research Fastrack is proud to publicly announce our ongoing partnership with Elligo Health Research. By providing their new employees with intensive training on how to run clinical trials as well as providing them with a … Read more

What Does Clinical Trials Success Look Like After a “Sink or Swim” Year?

SPECIAL FEATURE Elizabeth Weeks-Rowe, LVN, CCRA   COVID-19 forced many unprecedented changes upon our day-to-day world—some of which still have us reeling. It has impacted our health, our economy, and our peace of mind. We don masks to guard against transmission; our body language becoming ever more an adjunct to communication limited by muffled words … Read more

Innovation in Healthcare – Clinical Research Fastrack MD News Feature

“I think we’ve built a very unique and disruptive medical ecosystem.” From left to right: Aaron Ali, MD, CEO of MedtoMarket; Holly Bain, Founder and CEO of Paramount Research Network; Mario Sierra, Business Strategist with Paramount Research Network Aaron Ali, MD, anesthesiologist and CEO of MedtoMarket, is tired of the status quo in health care … Read more

Reinventing Education – Bootcamp Style

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, 29 July 2019- Louis and David Silberman were fortunate to have their college education paid for by their parents! It was an incredible gift to receive the jumpstart that society tells us we need to be successful. How lucky were they! Well… When graduation day arrived, the Silbermans’ had a quick realization that … Read more

Clinical Research Fastrack Partners With Unified Women’s Clinical Research

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (June 10, 2019) – Clinical Research Fastrack is pleased to announce its ongoing partnership with Unified Women’s Clinical Research (UWCR). UWCR is a service arm of Unified Physicians Management, bringing together OB/GYN practices across the Southeastern United States. Their experienced clinical research professionals conduct trials for various treatments and therapies, including investigational medications, … Read more

Clinical Research Fastrack Partners With Aventiv Research

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, May 30, 2019 – Clinical Research Fastrack is proud to publicly announce its continuing partnership with Aventiv Research. Aventiv was founded in 2007 by Dr. Samir Arora and has since grown to have a staff of over 10 research coordinators, two full-time recruitment coordinators, and five research assistants and data specialists. Aventiv now … Read more

Clinical Research Fastrack Partners With Panda Neurology

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, May 1, 2019 – Clinical Research Fastrack is excited to publicly announce its ongoing partnership with Panda Neurology. Founded in 2013, PANDA (Pediatric and Adolescent Neurodevelopment Associates) specializes in migraine, sleep and epilepsy studies. PANDA is part of the ClinicalIntegrative Research Center of Atlanta (CIRCA), which is also partnered with Atlanta Headache Specialists. … Read more

Clinical Research Fastrack & Physicians Research Group Collaborate On Clinical Research Training

[Scottsdale, Arizona, 10/2/18] – Clinical Research Fastrack is tremendously excited to announce our partnership with Physicians Research Group (PRG) headquartered in Tempe, Arizona. PRG is a world leader in furthering the advancement and capabilities of medicine. Through their extensive clinical trial site network, which spans 22 individual sites in 12 different therapeutic areas, they are … Read more

Clinical Research Fastrack Partners With Meridian Clinical Research

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, April18, 2019 – Clinical Research Fastrack is proud to publicly announce our ongoing partnership with Meridian Clinical Research. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Meridian supports research in several different therapeutic areas and specializes in high-volume vaccine trials. Meridian conducts clinical studies across 18 sites including 2 locations in Mexico. “We are so happy to … Read more

Social Finace

SCOTTSDALE, June 16, 2022 — As part of its mission to expand diversity and inclusion in clinical research, Clinical Research Fastrack announces a new collaboration with Alcanza Clinical Research to provide funding and mentorship to support African American individuals pursuing clinical research careers. This partnership initiative is also designed to drive broader representation in the … Read more

Clinical Research Fastrack Partners With Social Finance

BOSTON and SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.July 6, 2022—Today, Social Finance announced its latest Career Impact Bond, a $5 million partnership with Clinical Research Fastrack to help people facing barriers to employment, including immigrants and refugees with impressive medical or science degrees earned outside of the U.S., find careers within the growing clinical research industry.

The Clinical Research Fastrack Career Impact Bond will serve at least 700 people over three years through a proven 148-hour training program that includes both classroom instruction and career coaching. Clinical Research Fastrack has helped hundreds of individuals from diverse backgrounds enter the field of clinical research, where they’ve helped facilitate clinical trials for new treatments to address a variety of health conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, Covid-19, diabetes, and heart disease.

Clinical Research Fastrack is the fifth training provider supported by Social Finance’s $50 million UP Fund, following partnerships with other training providers in the information technology and skilled trade sectors. The Career Impact Bond is a student-friendly financing model that expands access to quality, industry-recognized career training to people who face barriers to education and employment.

“We’re excited to partner with Clinical Research Fastrack to train clinical research professionals who help bring new life-saving treatments to market,” Social Finance CEO and Co-Founder Tracy Palandjian said. “This Career Impact Bond, the first-ever in health care, will support people as they build lasting careers in a growing field.”

“It’s exciting to collaborate with Social Finance on a program that will diversify and strengthen the clinical research industry,” Clinical Research Fastrack Co-Founder and CEO David Silberman said. “The need for qualified clinical research professionals in the field is huge and this program improves our ability to meet that demand, giving more people the opportunity to find career success.”

Clinical Research Fastrack was founded in 2016 to improve the quality and progress of clinical research by educating and empowering new research professionals. The organization has a history of enrolling leading candidates from a diverse range of ethnicities and backgrounds, including a high number of immigrants to the U.S. who, despite their impressive education overseas, previously struggled to find meaningful careers. Clinical Research Fastrack graduates are employed at clinical research organizations across the country and widely recognized throughout the industry as they progress quickly and partner with leaders in the field to advance medical research.

How the Clinical Research Fastrack Career Impact Bond Works

Impact investor capital funds tuition and supportive services, including personalized career services, for learners, who enroll in the Clinical Research Fastrack Career Impact Bond at no upfront cost. Those who graduate and find jobs with salaries of $40,000 or more repay their tuition costs for up to 36 months, or until they reach the payment cap. Those who earn less than $40,000 pay nothing. These repayment terms, along with other protections, including a post-graduation grace period, are outlined in a Student Bill of Rights.

A portion of Clinical Research Fastrack’s revenue is linked to student success, incentivizing the training provider to maintain its track record of effectively preparing learners and placing them in high-growth clinical research roles.

IonTuition, in collaboration with MentorWorks Education Capital, is the servicing partner managing student repayment.

The UP Fund includes support from Blue Meridian Partners; Blue Haven Initiative; the Dakota Foundation; Inherent Foundation; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; MFS Investment Management; The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation; Pershing Square Foundation; Phillips Foundation; The Shapiro Foundation; the W.K. Kellogg Foundation; and individual donors with donor-advised fund contributions from The Boston Foundation, the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Fidelity Charitable, and Vanguard Charitable.

Social Finance manages the UP Fund, identifying and vetting training providers, structuring partnerships, and managing each launched Career Impact Bond for impact throughout the 10-year life of the fund.

Disclaimer: The UP Fund offered partnership interests only to eligible investors and admission to the UP Fund as a limited partner was not open to the general public. Partnership interests in the UP Fund were offered solely to U.S. persons who are “accredited investors” within the meaning of Rule 501(a) of Regulation D as described in the fund’s Confidential Private Offering Memorandum and related documents.

About Social Finance

Social Finance is a national impact finance and advisory nonprofit. We work with the public, private, and social sectors to create partnerships and investments that measurably improve lives. Since our founding in 2011, we have mobilized $350 million in new investments designed to help people and communities realize improved outcomes in education, economic mobility, health, and housing. In addition to managing the investment program funded by the Google Career Certificates Fund, our economic mobility portfolio includes the UP Fund, place-based Pay It Forward Funds, and the Dreamers Graduate Loan Fund. Learn more at

About Clinical Research Fastrack

Clinical Research Fastrack trains aspiring Clinical Research professionals and connects them with leading research organizations to elevate the efficacy of clinical trials. Ultimately, qualified Clinical Researchers lead to new and better treatments for debilitating conditions like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, chronic respiratory diseases, tumors, septicemia, liver disease, Parkinson’s, obesity, arthritis, and so many more. Learn more at


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Partnership with Elligo Health Research

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, APRIL 1ST, 2021 – The only path forward in medicine is through clinical trials. That is why Clinical Research Fastrack is proud to publicly announce our ongoing partnership with Elligo Health Research. By providing their new employees with intensive training on how to run clinical trials as well as providing them with a … Read more

The Founding of A New Company and New Careers

Two years ago, Clinical Research Fastrack was founded to change the industry standard. Two years later, we are doing just that. The Fourth of July celebrates the birth of our nation and the revolutionary success of a disruptive idea. At one time, the dream of governance by the people, and for the people, where we could control … Read more

Clinical Research Outreach Can Spark Careers

With over 50,000 job openings, clinical research is in need of more attention from the public. If you are in clinical research, then the “research triangle” is no secret to you. However, those outside the industry may have little or no clue about the impact made on healthcare among the cities of Raleigh, Chapel Hill, … Read more

Better Screening, Longer Lives

Clinical research may have a new, more effective method of detecting breast cancer! Screening is the First Step to Healing *Knock Knock* *Door Opens* “Hey Dr. Brown.” “Hi, Mrs. Smith… How are you doing today?” “I’m doing well. How about yourself?” “Good, thank you. Mrs. Smith, I don’t want beat around the bush, but I … Read more

A Healthier World Through DNA

Deoxyribonucleic Acid provides the roadmap to all human function, and holds the answers to medicine’s greatest questions. Listen to our Director of Outreach and Engagement, Jeannie Farnsworth, speak about how clinical research is improving lives with our own DNA

Our Health, Our Cure

Personalized treatments are being developed and tested by clinical research, and the results are going to change our world. A Hard Road and a Hard Decision My grandma is 88-years-old. She often sits in her sky blue rocking chair. Covered in a hand knitted-afghan, while being accompanied by a small space heater at her feet. She … Read more

Be Mindful of the Nation’s Hidden Crisis

April is Mental Health Awareness Month, but is that enough? Be Mindful of the Nation’s Hidden Crisis What if I told you that the United States is experiencing a health crisis. But this crisis isn’t being reported about on your local news. It isn’t being talked about at the dinner table. It isn’t even something … Read more

My Series: A Christmas to Remember

Clinical Research Fastrack’s own Maddie Clark tells her story about how clinical research has affected her family’s life. The Broad Reach of Epilepsy Epilepsy has started to appear in the news more and more recently. Cannabis oils are now being used to manage seizures and as the use of Cannabis is legalized, this treatment is … Read more

My Series: The Day My Vision Went Dark

Clinical Research Fastrack’s own Zach Shaw tells his story about how clinical research has affected his life. The End of My Career When I was 14-years-old, I was a tall, scrawny, 130-pound high school freshman. But to better illustrate my frame back then, I had grown accustomed to the nicknames of “Mr. Lanky”, or “Beanpole.” … Read more

Honor at Home

Clinical research is working every day to provide a better homecoming filled with health and happiness to our veterans. National Medal of Honor Day   Today, March 25, is a Sunday. This day recognizes the 3,517 individuals that have “distinguished themselves through conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call … Read more

Career Expert Says Fastrack Provides the Foundation You Need!

Hear from CJ Anderson, President of Finding Pharma, discuss why Clinical Research Fastrack is the best way to start a clinical research career! CJ Anderson Discusses Starting Careers in Clinical Research CJ Anderson moved five years ago from Omaha, Nebraska to Scottsdale, Arizona. He made the 1,200 mile journey with the mission to fill a … Read more

A Step Towards an Alzheimer’s Solution

Clinical research is moving us closer to an Alzheimer’s cure every day! Alzheimer’s: An Illness Felt by All We all know how heartbreaking Alzheimer’s Disease is. The stories grip our souls, and leave us wishing for a day where this disease no longer existed. According to It kills more Americans than breast and prostate … Read more

Clinical Research Circles The Globe

Clinical research has made an impact in every corner of the world! Clinical Research Circles The Globe Remember hearing the ghost stories about polio? It took the life of a U.S. President. In 1952 alone, over 60,000 children were diagnosed. Three thousand died, and thousands more were left paralyzed. Two years later, a potential vaccine … Read more

2017: A Record-Breaking Year for Clinical Research!

The FDA approved more novel drugs in 2017 than in any year prior! 2017: A Record-Breaking Year for Clinical Research! In 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved more new drugs than any other year in history. Many of the drugs that received approval this year treat diseases that plague millions including diabetes, hypertension, … Read more

Ethical Aspects of Research

Hear from Fastrack instructor Juanita Rendon about the continued need for ethical practices in research! Clinical Research Fastrack instructor Juanita Rendon is a Regulatory Compliance Associate at the largest international CRO, Synexus. She was recently published in Compliance Today for her article discussing the need for continuing ethical practices in research. In her article she explains why trials should … Read more

10,000 Jobs Open Today!

Get On the Road to Your Dream Job! High Demand Positions, Cutting Edge TreatmentsIn 2016, Forbes named this position the #1highest-paying flexible job, and then included it again in a 2017 article about remote job opportunities. Forbes included this position on the list due to the high pay and flexibility of the position, but, most importantly, these CRAs are … Read more

Combating CRA Shortages

Catch 22 Causing a Ripple Effect in Clinical Research Experience Requirement Causes a Catch 22 In Clinical Research The clinical research industry is experiencing growing pains.  With more clinical trials gaining FDA approval in 2015 than any of the 60 preceding years, the industry is not showing any indication of slowing down.  But amidst this … Read more

2015 New Drug Approvals Hit 66 Year High: Countless Job Opportunities in Clinical Research Created

Partial Sampling of Open Positions Shows over 30,000 Jobs. Clinical Research Fastrack Opening Doors to Applicants More FDA drugs were approved in 2015 than in any of the past 66 years since 1950 (Forbes Jan. 4, 2016) highlighting the strength of the rapidly growing clinical trial industry. The field of clinical research is creating thousands … Read more


Many nurses today are looking for career advancement throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Here in Arizona many nursing careers and specialties exist to help cater to the advancing nurse professionals of today. Continuing education is offered to RNs and LPNs seeking alternative careers too. Nurses may choose to take online courses, campus courses or a … Read more

Clinical Research Associate Career

Job Profile, Certifications & Salary The extensive process of putting a drug on the market starts with testing. Testing a drug’s effectiveness, risks and benefits are studied for years prior to a drug making it to market. These studies are often called clinical trials or clinical research trials. Individuals who run, administer and assist in … Read more

Press Release: Education Pioneers

Education Pioneers Launch Courses Disrupting the Clinical Research Training Marketplace and Improving Lives FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Clinical Research Fastrack is bringing new and exciting boot camp training programs to an industry where they never existed, until now. The founders believe this short course training program taught by industry experts currently working in the field combined with real world … Read more

$100,000 in Scholarships Offered to Students by CRF Board

Industry Shortages Drive Board Decision Scottsdale, AZ (May 2016) – Co-Founder & Chairman, Louis Silberman announced this week that the Board of Clinical Research Fastrack will be offering scholarships to its students in the amount of $100,000 for the upcoming academic year. This initiative aims to address the growing industry shortages and provide aspiring clinical … Read more

Best Jobs in the US are in Clinical Research!

Money Magazine Rates Clinical Research Associate as the #4 Job in the Country Demand in Research Driving up Salaries Money Magazine rated the role of a Clinical Research Associate as one of the best jobs in the United States in 2012. In 2012 the average CRA earned $90,000 per year. In 2016 Forbes Magazine named the Senior … Read more