Our Behind the Research series continues with this month’s featured team member, Paula Clark. Paula wears many hats here at Charlottesville Medical Research. Her devotion to excellence in every aspect she contributes to is the very heart of our fantastic team.
Question: Tell us a little bit about your role. What motivates you to participate in clinical research?
Paula: My key role is that of a Regulatory Specialist. I help ensure the integrity of our submissions to the IRB, Sponsors, and CRO’s. I thrive for excellence and competency in every aspect, relating to regulatory submissions for each trial.
My secondary role is in Business Development. By driving a solid company culture within our team, we can maintain consistency and trust that strengthens and builds partnerships. I developed a “Monitor Appreciation and Welcome Program” to help recognize all our monitors do for us. From helping with accommodations to reminders of their visits, these small things make a difference. The program has had a very positive outcome, and we are so happy its impact and value are appreciated.
Question: What’s one work-related thing you want to accomplish in the next year?
Paula: To continue improving “morale” within our company. My goal for our staff is for them to know the difference they are making and how vital and appreciated they are. I make sure we celebrate every milestone and holiday within CMR. Employees that feel valued want to come to work every day.
Question: Do you have a favorite holiday? Why or why not?
Paula: Christmas. We celebrate in our personal lives and within our CMR family. It’s the time of year we take the time to thank and recognize all our staff for all they have accomplished throughout the year. Dr. Clark and I truly enjoy it.
Question: What’s the career highlight you’re most proud of?
Paula: Becoming a Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi/Meditation Certified Instructor. I truly believe that taking care of your mind/body will improve every part of your life. Being able to share this is a true gift.
I realize it is not a career highlight in research, however more of a LIFE highlight. My certification was a memorable day and one I was extremely proud of.
Question: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Paula: Frozen yogurt.
Question: What is the thing you like most about your job?
Paula: I love to come to work and be a part of this amazing professional team that truly makes a difference in the world of research every single day.
I am also married to Dr. Clark. We are a great team and truly love what we do. Watching him lead this team and seeing his devotion to research is both admirable and commendable.
Clinical research studies are vital to improving how we detect, treat, and manage various medical conditions. However, medical advancements wouldn’t be possible without volunteers participating in these studies. To learn more about our enrolling studies here at Charlottesville Medical Research, call (434) 817-2442, or visit our website.