Roberta Adams, CTR is a Quality Control Manager with the Registry Partners Oncology Services Division. She began working with Registry Partners as a Project CTR in November of 2015 before transitioning to Project Manager in March, and subsequently her current role as Quality Control Manager in June of this year.
Roberta attended Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus where she received her Associate’s degree in Business Technology/Medical Transcription in May of 2009. She completed an internship at St. Edward Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith, AR from January to May of 2009 where she worked in the Health Information Department completing various tasks and responsibilities including cancer registry, coding, medical transcription, filing and chart analysis/assembly. She earned her CTR certification in 2012 and is a member of the National Cancer Registrars Association and Arkansas Cancer Registrars Association.
Roberta began her cancer registry career in 2010 as the Cancer Registrar for Mercy Hospital Fort Smith in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She has also worked as Cancer Registrar for Saint Francis, Warren Clinic in Tulsa, OK. In 2013 she accepted a position working for the Arkansas Central Cancer Registry as a Health Program Specialist/Cancer Registrar before joining RPI full time in November 2015.
Roberta resides in Charleston, Arkansas with her husband Jonathan. They have two daughters, Briana who is in college and Micayla who is a senior in high school, and a dog named Ellie, who is a 1 year old boxer. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and outdoor activities such as hiking and biking. She has found a new passion for running and has participated in multiple 5 k’s in the last couple years and completed a ladies duathlon (bike and run event) in May, 2016.
Q&A with Roberta:
Q: You have worked in hospital registries as well as a state central registry. What do you feel are some qualities that are necessary for someone to be a good cancer registrar?
A: I feel a good cancer registrar should have the ability to adapt with change and the desire to learn and achieve excellence. I also feel a good registrar should take pride in their profession to assure quality data.
Q: After being exposed to the tasks of a CTR on your internship in 2009, what about the profession made you decide to get certified and pursue a career in the cancer registry?
A: During my internship I attended a cancer conference and I really enjoyed the environment. I enjoyed the interaction of all the health care professionals to ensure the best patient care. I was also impressed with the education that the Cancer Registry field provides, it is ever changing and always new things to learn. I enjoy the continued education we receive from meetings, trainings, webinars and other registrars.