What do you do when you have a passion for science and health care? You figure out how make that your dream career! When the pandemic hit, Amanda Crinks started taking online courses to learn about public health and wanted to explore that avenue as a potential career path.
In January 2020, she began her Master of Public Health degree at George Washington University. Her decision to make a job shift stemmed from her desire to be part of the Frederick National Laboratory. Since moving to Frederick in 2017 and learning about FNL, Amanda has wanted to work at the lab and support its vital projects.
In her current role, Amanda is a Clinical Project Manager I for the Clinical Monitoring Research Program Directorate.
How many years have you worked at the Frederick National Laboratory?
Just over a year!
Tell us about your work at the Frederick National Laboratory.
Currently, I work with the PALM Special Projects supporting the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Our team provides a variety of support (project management, logistics, meeting facilitation, etc.) for the three clinical studies currently happening in the DRC.
What do you enjoy about working at the Frederick National Laboratory?
I love all the people that I get to work with (LBR employees, other contractors, and federal staff). I feel like there is a lot of collaboration in this community and I love to learn from those with different backgrounds.
What accomplishment(s) at the Frederick National Laboratory are you most proud of or how has your work made impact?
I have really enjoyed being part of the PALM 007 study! It has been a rewarding experience to see the process from day one and see all the teams come together to make these clinical trials possible. We truly get to work with the best team.
What piece of advice has helped you in your career?
Don't take things too personally. Learn to appreciate the communication differences and never jump to conclusions. Always be open minded to feedback because you will always learn more from your mistakes. Be willing to make them and be willing to learn from others on how to correct them. This mindset has allowed me to grow tremendously in my career.