St. Cloud State University and Veeva Systems announced this summer a partnership to enable MedTech clinical research students with unique, hands-on technology training.
SCSU integrated Veeva Vault electronic Trial Master File (eTMF) into its graduate curriculum for the applied clinical research program located in Plymouth, Minnesota at the start of the Fall 2023 semester, integrating it into four courses centered around the initiation, execution and reporting of clinical studies.
Faculty in these courses are instructing students on how to use the eTMF system to review, approve, track and report on critical study documents required for the successful management of clinical research. Instructors will also leverage this state-of-the-art technology to facilitate the learning objectives of the courses and programs in a more real-world environment.
“Partnering with Veeva will enrich our curriculum and provide students with an applied understanding of industry-leading technology,” said Will Collis-Prather, assistant professor and director of the applied clinical research program at SCSU. “Students’ familiarity with a modern digital clinical operations application improves their job readiness so they can quickly deliver value to current or future employers.”
Students in SCSU’s applied clinical research program are either MedTech industry professionals looking to grow their careers, or experienced individuals seeking to enter the clinical research profession. With access to advanced clinical applications, they will learn how to manage a digital trial master file (TMF), perform audits to ensure inspection readiness, measure process completion cycle times and use metrics to assess the health of a study.
“With this partnership, we are excited that we have taken the “applied” component of the applied clinical research graduate program to the next level,” Collis-Prather said. “When our graduates join one of the many medical device companies that use this platform, they will be well-prepared to enter the workforce as clinical research professionals and will be able to make significant contributions to their employers right when they walk in the door.”
More than 450 biopharma and MedTech companies use Vault eTMF to manage and automate trial processes and improve information exchange across stakeholders. SCSU is the latest to integrate this training to meet industry demands and help better serve the workforce with prepared and well-trained professionals that come out of SCSU.