CHHS Clinical Research Alumna Takes Great Leaps in Professional Career at PPD

CHHS Clinical Research Alumna Takes Great Leaps in Professional Career at PPD   

CHHS Clinical Research alumna (’17), Monica Ibrahim is the Remote Site Monitor for PPD, a leading global contract research organization that provides comprehensive, integrated drug development, laboratory and lifecycle management services.

After completing a six-month internship at PPD, she applied for the remote site monitor position and was promptly offered a full-time job. As a remote site monitor, Monica is the main point of contact for the sites and is responsible for training and protocol for the clinical trials. She also preforms source data verification remotely and tracks the trial status, progress and update reports.

Additionally, she participates in the Clinical Foundation Program, an intensive study of clinical trial conduct and monitoring based on ICH Guidelines and FDA Regulations, and mentors CHHS interns who are interested in the field of clinical research.

Monica was attracted to the Clinical Research Program for many reasons. “One, I loved how it merged science and business,” Monica said. “Another reason is the difference you can make in peoples’ lives in this industry.”

Monica said the experience she gained while in the program at CHHS gave her the real-life preparation and superior training she needed to fit perfectly into the position at PPD.

Monica is a part of the Clinical Foundations Program, which is an intensive study of clinical trial conduct and monitoring based on The International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use Guidelines and Food and Drug Administration Regulations.

Her work at PPD has not only been perfect because of her clinical research degree but has been fulfilling on many levels. “I love the fact that, as part of my job, I am a part of something bigger,” she said. “My team and company is global, and we all have the same goal: to deliver life-changing therapies that improve health.”

Monica now has interns through the CHHS Clinical Research Program working at PPD. “I had two interns from UNCW this year and I loved getting to work with them,” Monica said. “PPD provides interns with a lot of resources to grow and make connections.”

She encourages other aspiring students to seek out internships and jobs because of the network connections available and the wonderful learning opportunities given to interns.

Through her experience at CHHS, Monica said, “I feel that CHHS, specifically the Clinical Research Program, provided me with an education and skills for an industry I am truly enthusiastic about, which helped give me opportunities within the industry. I am truly grateful for that and would love to help other students accomplish their goals!”

Monica’s short-term goal is to become a clinical research associate and long-term goal is to work as a project manager at PPD.