I am an office coordinator at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and want to break into the field of research. MSK has research coordinator roles, however when I initially applied after graduating, I didn’t get any interviews. I have minimal experience with research from undergrad. I’m not sure if it is possible to switch roles within MSK. I also want to go back to school for an MPH. Anyone have any experience with this or any tips?

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What kind of research position did you apply for? Was it a Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) or a Study Coordinator? Typically the CRC rolls require previous research experience and the Study Coordinator does not. If you have a higher degree than they are looking for you may be "over qualified." I would suggest keep applying, and include a cover letters saying your reasons for wanting to switch into research.

The department also may have had someone in mind for the position already.

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I believe I applied for both at the time. I’m happy I’m working in a health care facility and am learning the basics of how this hospital runs, but I really want to do more aside from coordinating appts and answering phones. I really do love connecting with the patients, but I am thinking about my professional growth and I don’t want to get stuck in this position.

I started off as a Patient Care Coordinator in Oncology before I transitioned to clinical research. It’s been a great career move for professional growth but the pay is what is lagging for me (could just be where i work. Also I’m about one year and a half new to research but worked for healthcare for almost 4 years prior to transition). I’m about to graduate with my MBA next month and I’m hoping that helps boost my pay and open other opportunities as well. I currently work in a role similar to a Study Coordinator but has overlapping roles as a CRC as well. My recommendation is to take the experience you do have in research and emphasize that in your resume (if you haven’t already). Hope that helps

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Emory doesn’t pay well. I thought I wanted to retire there but now I’m not so sure.

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Maybe you could do a very part time remote research internship and use it as a resume booster?

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Taking master's sound like a good move– might as well network with your professors on research opportunities or any value-adding activity to help you prep your transition into research. Goodluck!

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Hi I just applied for an office coordinator position at MSK. I read some bad reviews and wondering if they hold any truth. The pay is low and I am not sure I want to move forward as it seems very demanding with not fair compensation

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