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Clinical Trials Specialist

Southwest Family Medicine Associates -  - Family Medicine Physician

Southwest Family Medicine Associates

Family Medicine Physicians & Physician Assistants located in Dallas, TX

Clinical Research is a branch of healthcare that determines the effectiveness of medications, devices, products, and treatment regimens intended to help us live longer healthier lives. These may be used for prevention, treatment, diagnosis, or for relieving symptoms of a disease.   Clinical trials give patients the opportunity to try cutting-edge treatments under the care of highly experienced physicians. At Southwest Family Medicine Associates, Dr. Safia Shaikh and Dr. Chrisette Dharma oversee multiple clinical trials aimed at treating a variety of chronic conditions including Diabetes, Heart failure, Asthma, COPD, high cholesterol, depression, PTSD, and prevention of Colon Cancer.  We are also offering clinical trials for COVID-19 and Flu treatment & prevention. Participation in clinical trials is voluntary and has many benefits. The patients receive continuous monitoring, lab work, and medication at no cost.  If you have any questions or would like to participate in clinical trials, please call our research department directly at 469.893.1242 or text 214.393.6863. Below is our main office number or if you would like to request an appointment with our providers other than clinical trials related.


Our Work Truly Changes Lives

We are currently enrolling in studies to protect your heart. 

Our team can help you if:

  • You have heart failure and feel tired, you may qualify for Iron Infusion for energy.
  • You have had a Heart Attack/Stroke we can check for a marker to see if you are at high risk for future events.
  • You have a long-term history of diabetes we can detect if it's affecting your heart.

Call us now at 469.893.1242 or text 214.393.6863 to make an appointment.

Clinical Research Q & A

What are clinical trials?

After a new drug has been thoroughly tested for safety and effectiveness in the lab, the developers get FDA approval to conduct research with human volunteers. This research — clinical trials — includes three phases that each focus on obtaining specific information.

The new drug must successfully pass each phase before moving on to the next one:

  • Phase 1: safety and dosage — includes 20-100 volunteers; study runs several months
  • Phase 2: efficacy and side effects — up to 100 volunteers; study runs up to two years
  • Phase 3: ongoing effectiveness and monitoring of adverse reactions — includes 300-3,000 volunteers; lasts one to four years

Drugs that pass all three phases are approved for use and sold on the market, but an ongoing fourth phase recruits several thousand volunteers. This group continues to be monitored for the drug’s safety and effectiveness.

What are the advantages of volunteering for clinical research?

You have the benefit of trying out cutting-edge investigational products while helping to advance medical science. All of your research visits and lab work are free of cost, so you essentially get free checkups and learn more about your health condition along the way.

Volunteers who participate in clinical research are compensated for their time and travel. Appointments are made to accommodate your schedule, and Dr. Shaikh is available 24/7 for her research patients. Contact Southwest Family Medicine Associates today.

Call us now at 469.893.1242 or text 214.393.6863 to make an appointment.