Jennifer Brown, CTR is a Quality Control Manager for the Registry Partners Oncology Division.
Prior to joining Registry Partners, Jennifer served as a Cancer Registrar for Hospital Corporation of America where she performed various registry operations functions, coordinated monthly tumor conferences and quarterly Oncology committee meetings. Additionally, she served in a full time project CTR role for Registry Partners before her promotion to Quality Control Manager.
She is a Certified Tumor Registrar, a member of the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) and also the Tennessee Oncology Data Analysts Association (TODAA).
Jennifer presently resides in Tennessee with her husband and two children. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, going to concerts and movies and volunteering at her church.
Q & A with Jennifer:
Q: How did you become interested in the CTR/Cancer Registry profession?
A: I was employed as a secretary in the Radiation Oncology department of a large hospital. My manager was also the cancer registry manager. She had an opening in the registry and approached me about applying for it because she had been impressed with the job I was doing as a secretary. I had never heard of a cancer registry prior to that! Once I began researching the position and the responsibilities of a CTR, I knew that it would be a perfect fit for me. Healthcare is my passion, but I knew that hands on patient care was not for me for several reasons. I realized that working in the cancer registry was the perfect way to fulfill my desire to work in healthcare without direct patient contact, yet it would still have an impact and make a difference.
Q: What advice can you give others who may be considering a remote position outside of the clinical setting?
A: Working remotely definitely has more advantages than disadvantages. You have to be disciplined and structured to keep yourself on task since there is no one watching over you like in an office setting. Make sure you build good, solid working relationships with others in the same field and at the same company so that you have people to reach out to and you will not feel isolated and alone. Finally, as cliché as it may sound, if you want to work remotely, just do it! Do your research and find a position that you love and it will be the most rewarding thing you can do for yourself and your family!
Q: Why do you believe clinical data registries are so important?
A: I believe that clinical data registries are so important because the information entered into them help to advance healthcare in so many ways. I feel that as a CTR, the information that I enter into the registry plays a huge role in cancer treatment and outcomes. The data helps physicians and patients decide on the best course of treatment and improves future patient care.