Communication is a Daily Challenge: An Interview with Maribel Martinez

By Megan Frame, membership manager

Welcome to another installment of our featured member interviews where we introduce you to our members—individuals who work to advance ethical research on a daily basis. Please read on to learn more about their professional experiences, how PRIM&R membership helps connect them to a larger community, and what goes on behind-the-scenes in their lives!

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maribel Martinez, the newest member of PRIM&R’s Membership Committee, who is the associate director of the human research office at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Megan Frame (MF): When and why did you join the field?
Maribel Martinez (MM): I was given the opportunity to join the field during a career transition over two years ago. My previous experience in the ethical review process of human subjects research had been from a research team perspective.

MF: What’s one specific challenge that you have faced during your career, and how did you overcome it?
MM: Communication is a daily challenge. I work with faculty members, study coordinators, research nurses, etc., but how effectively we communicate varies. To one person on the study team the information we relay may be clear and to everyone else the information may be clear as mud. Learning how to successfully relay information so that all understand is a process that I continue to work on.

MF: What is something you know now that you wish someone had told you when you first entered this field? Or, what is an example(s) of a lesson you had to learn the hard way?

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