After I completed my Master’s degree, I took a position at a medical devices company, where I worked on clinical trials for new medical devices. I found this role because I had also been a summer student at this company. I loved my summer job working in the company’s R&D labs. Also, I was excited to work on clinical trials for some of the devices I had helped to develop. This job introduced me to the role of managing clinical trials. This job also helped me make the decision to follow a career in industry-funded research. Check my LinkedIn profile for more information.
My best advice to students in high school would be to consider post-secondary programs that offer opportunities for summer jobs or co-op positions. This will help you to learn more about different career options that exist. It will give you real work experience and allow you to grow your professional network.
Another way to become more informed about possible career paths is to attend career information sessions offered by companies at your university or college. You can also try reaching out to people on LinkedIn to see if they’re open to having a conversation with you about what they do. This will help you to network and develop connections with people who can help you find a job when you finish school.
I was born/grew up in: I was born in Ottawa, Ontario and I also grew up there.
I now live in: I currently live in Burlington, Ontario.
I am responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of global clinical trials that are recruiting patients in Canada. I lead a team of people who each have important roles in ensuring that the clinical trial runs smoothly. I'm responsible for the overall project timeline. I also make sure that the trial follows global regulations, Health Canada regulations, and my company's policies and procedures.
Part of my role is to discuss our clinical trials with Canadian doctors and researchers. One of the reasons I do this is to see if the trial can be done at their hospital or clinic. If they decide to participate in the trial, I continue to work with these doctors and researchers. Together, we ensure that the rights, safety and wellbeing of patients is top priority during the study. We also work together to ensure that high-quality data is collected. To do this, I meet often with doctors, researchers, external service providers and my own colleagues. Meetings can be virtual or face-to-face. I also use email and phone calls to keep in touch with them.
A background in STEM is key to my role. I have a general understanding of biology, chemistry, genetics, and physiology. This background is important for me to understand the science behind the clinical trials I work on. In my BSc and MSc, I learned how to find information and solve problems independently. This is a key skill for any job, but I find it to be especially useful as a project manager.
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- Enjoyed doing things on my own
- Always wanted to be outside
- Liked helping people
- Organized activities for my friends
- Played on a sports team
- Was motivated by success
- Wanted to be in charge
- Liked being given specific instructions
- Engaged in volunteer activities
- Liked reading
- Felt at home in the outside, natural environment
- Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
- Wasn't sure what I wanted to do