Adam C. Amundson
What's your educational and professional background?
I'm a 2008 graduate of Chatfield High School in Chatfield, Minn. In March 2011, I started part time at Mayo Clinic as a research assistant, and I became a full-time associate clinical research coordinator in August 2011.
What's your favorite part of working as a clinical research coordinator?
Every day brings new challenges and different scenarios that require good communication and problem-solving skills. I'm also very fortunate to be in a department with a great group of co-workers, which has made the transition to a full-time position easier than I could have imagined.
Why did you choose the Clinical Research Coordination (CRC) Program at Mayo Clinic?
After high school, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. I learned about Mayo School of Health Sciences and some of their programs, and I decided that the two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree Track in the CRC Program was an appealing way to continue my education. The idea of being a part of research that could possibly transform the future of medicine seemed like it could be a very rewarding job.
What would you share with prospective CRC Program students?
For those who are starting the program directly out of high school, the first semester may be somewhat overwhelming because of all the new medical terms and acronyms you learn — most of them were likely not discussed in your high school classes. By the end of the first semester, though, all the terms and duties related to being a clinical research coordinator start to fall into place.
Can you walk us through a day in your job?
In the morning, I'll:
- Check emails
- Make a priority list for that day
- Take care of any postal mail I may have received, such as follow-up letters, exchange of patient cards, overdue reports and more
- Start working through my priority list, which may include entering cycles; sending letters; answering queries; preparing overdue reports; completing additional training; and reading protocols, work instructions and standard operating procedures
- Once a week, meet with my clinical and data coordinator colleagues
- Once a week, participate in a meeting about work instructions and standard operating procedures
- Work on the priority list again
After a break for lunch, I'll:
- Continue working through my priority list
- Sometimes create or disassemble study files
- Occasionally have a new protocol meeting or site initiation visit
What are your future career plans?
I plan to work toward my Bachelor of Science degree over the next few years and continue to gain knowledge, which will help me advance as a clinical research coordinator at Mayo Clinic.