Corinne N. Parker
What's your educational and professional background?
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology and my K-8 teaching license in middle school social studies. In the past, I've been an elementary school tutor and teacher, as well as a paraprofessional.
What's your favorite part of being a clinical research coordinator?
I love the variety of work. I get to interact with study participants, make recruitment calls, mail recruitment letters, work on data entry, and answer study questions from doctors and study team members. Every day is different and challenging.
Why did you choose the Clinical Research Coordination (CRC) Program at Mayo Clinic?
I grew up in Rochester, Minn., so I was very familiar with the important role that Mayo Clinic plays in the community and knew it would be satisfying to be part of Mayo's stimulating work environment.
While looking through the programs offered by Mayo School of Health Sciences, I came across the CRC Program and was intrigued by the idea that I could have a rewarding job with great benefits and the possibility for advancement.
What advice do you have for prospective CRC Program students?
Time management and organizational skills are very important in this career. Most clinical research coordinators have multiple ongoing studies and need to be creative in juggling job requirements.
That said, the whole experience of completing both classroom and internship work, and having it culminate in being able to work on multiple clinical research studies, has been one of the most satisfying pursuits of my career. I highly recommend it!