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The Program Breakup and Duration

The program contents would be covered in one-year duration as three parts.

PART – I : Theory Classes (4 Months)

Conducted at the AU-KBC Research Centre, MIT Campus of Anna University, Chromepet, Chennai-44. 5 days a week (Mon - Fri), in two sessions from 9.30 AM to 5.00 PM, leading to about 500 hours of contact. The theory training also covers visits to Clinical Pharmacology units, basic exposure in Clinical Data Management, Computer and IT Labs, Communication skills, etc.

In terms of academic value, the theory program contents would be equivalent to about 25 credits of a normal university academic program.

PART – II : Onsite Training (2 Months)

Conducted at the AHERF Premises of Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road, Chennai-6. On-site training, 5 days a Week (Mon - Fri), in Two Sessions from 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM, leading to about 270 hours of contact. The onsite training covers

  • Hospital visit to Laboratories (Hematology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Histopathology), various departments – Cardiology (ECG, 2D Echo, TMT), Radiology department (X-ray and Ultrasound), Nuclear imaging, Pulmonary function Test lab, Renal Dialysis Units, Neurophysiology (EEG), etc.
  • Assignments, Clinical Trial Documents preparation (Feasibility questionnaire, Study Protocol, Informed Consent Form, Case Report Form, etc.)
  • Training on Source Documentation, Informed Consent Process, Safety reporting, Regulatory obligations, Ethics Committee submissions and notifications, Trial Agreements and Budgeting, etc.
  • Case studies, MCQs.
  • Interactions, Group discussions.
  • GCP Workshop from sponsor Cos.
  • Visits to R & D centres, Research Institutions, Preclinical testing labs, B.A/B.E centres, Drugs and Vaccines manufacturing units, etc.
  • IT skill development
  • Periodic communication and personality development sessions.

PART – III : Internship as Trainee CRC (6 Months)

6 days a week (Mon - Sat), the candidates would work as CRC (Trainees). It will be a rotatory internship. During this period they will be posted at various AHERF trial sites in Chennai. At the end of this training period they will be given the training experience certificate. This period will count as Industry Experience.