- Navneet Kaur

Term : January, 2014
Department : Biosciences
Program : Clinical Trials

When Navneet Kaur relocated from India to California, she wanted to develop clinical research skills that she could apply in the United States. Though she already had a year of experience as a clinical research associate under her belt, she was excited to discover that UCSC Extension’s Clinical Trials Design and Management program offered practical applications for entering Silicon Valley industry.

“This program has been designed very nicely,” she says. “All the instructors have immense experience working in the industry. The practical knowledge that they impart to students is very precious. We get to know how things work in the U.S.”

Kaur wanted to learn innovative ways to manage clinical data and prepare for human trials, so she appreciated how her instructors shared their experiences and explained the responsibilities of clinical research professionals.

“The first and foremost responsibility that any clinical research associate has is to protect the rights, safety and welfare of the subject who is participating in a clinical trial,” she says. “The instructors shared their anecdotes about how they dealt with dilemmas and stuck to their ethics. We learned the practical aspects of the industry, but more than that, we learned what our responsibilities are in clinical research.”

As an international student, Kaur relied on Extension’s international program staff for guidance on staying in status on an F-1 visa and exploring possible volunteer internship opportunities. The International Student Orientation introduced her to a supportive cohort and academic community. She will complete the Clinical Trials Certificate in early 2014 and plans to pursue an internship in the field.

Visit our Clinical Trials Design and Management page to learn more about UCSC Extension’s unique offerings. For information on services and programs for international students, please visit our International Programs pageBrowse upcoming Clinical Trials courses.

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