Day in the Life - M2GEN Medical Information Specialist

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As a Medical Information Specialist, I am a member of an innovative team that leads M2GEN’s clinical data operations. This versatile role allows me to collaborate with other subject matter experts as we adapt our common data models to the ever-changing oncology field. I am involved in defining what clinical data elements are collected, optimizing the data acquisition process through mixed method approaches and designing electronic case report forms (eCRFs). The eCRFs are utilized in an electronic data capture (EDC) system by Oncology Research Information Exchange Network (ORIEN) members. I am the point of contact for EDC training and technical support. Through this role I have created great interpersonal relationships with technical staff across ORIEN and colleagues feel very comfortable reaching out to me with suggestions for new EDC features and functionality to improve the end user experience.

I typically start my day by enjoying a cup of coffee while reviewing emails and Zoom messages. Priorities for the day can shift so it’s important for me to be flexible and responsive to communications. I like to be organized so I keep a running list of priorities related to project deliverables and process improvement initiatives. My team has a daily morning huddle to sync up on tasks and prioritization. It’s also a nice opportunity to say good morning, sing happy birthday or share a box of donuts on occasion. The rest of my day is a combination of technical development work, internal meetings and external meetings with ORIEN members or pharma partners. I’m also involved in performing and validating data queries as well as user acceptance testing (UAT) for informatics tools.

External meetings with ORIEN members tend to be the most interesting part of my day. Each institution has a different combination of health information systems and data process flows so there is no cookie cutter solution for clinical data curation. I work with several analysts that have advanced programming skills to integrate structured and unstructured data into the EDC system to minimize the need for manual data entry. When new staff are onboarded at an ORIEN member institution, I may need to set up training sessions to walk them through the abstraction manuals, the EDC system and file transfer specifications. It’s critical that I provide clean and concise information that is easy for people to understand.

My team has a great synergy and it is very common for us to spend time during the day bouncing ideas off each other. I’ve had the opportunity to attend in person ORIEN meetings, participate in webinars to stay current on developments in the industry and become a Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) since joining M2GEN. If you are interested in joining a tight-knit team that enjoys a highly collaborative environment, the Medical Informatics Analyst position could be a great fit for you!

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