The Clinical Trials Office (CTO) at Yale Cancer Center provides both clinical and administrative support to investigators for therapeutic trials conducted at Yale Cancer Center. Kathy Antos, Senior Administrative Assistant, is one of the ‘behind the scenes’ employees at the office that is constantly working to make sure things are running smoothly.
Kathy’s primary role is to provide operational support to Hank Durivage, Associate Director for Regulatory Affairs, and Kathy Uscinski, Associate Director for Clinical Trials Operations. Kathy performs a variety of different tasks on a daily basis that range anywhere from coordinating meetings to, more recently, web editing, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“We are a department that is constantly growing and therefore my job description keeps expanding as well. I interact with a variety of people on a daily basis and it keeps me very busy, but that is one of things I like about my job,” said Kathy. The staff of the CTO has doubled in size since Kathy started just over a year ago, and since she is responsible for setting up interviews for job openings, her hands have been full lately managing that. She also helps new hires get settled once they have arrived.
As part of a team that helps to support patient care for cancer patients, Kathy’s job offers her a personal sense of fulfillment as well. Her sister is a two time cancer survivor and she knows all too well how cancer can affect a family. For the past three years Kathy has volunteered at the CT Challenge Bike Ride to raise money to support cancer survivors, and at other events around the state.
The Clinical Trials Office at Yale Cancer recently launched OnCore, an electronic clinical trials management system, and will be launching a website called Yale Cancer Center Connecticut Clinical Trials in the near future, which Kathy will be in charge of updating. There is always something new and exciting happening in the CTO, and Kathy enjoys being a part of that environment.
“I enjoy the non-stop pace of working in a department that is changing and growing, and that has a long term impact on patient care. The results of these clinical trials may help to find a cure for cancer, and there is nothing more exciting than that.”
Kathy Uscinski, Kathy’s manager, commented, “Kathy’s impact here has made a huge difference and she is an integral part of our team. Without her hard work and dedication a lot of the things we have accomplished recently would not have been possible.”