“In December 2015, I accepted a job offer with UC San Diego’s Research Compliance Program (RCP) as a Senior Research Compliance Analyst. My primary duties for the RCP will include a variety of monitoring and auditing functions as well as educational and support activities for the UCSD research community.
So how did I get here…?
I spent the last 9 years of my career serving in various capacities for UC San Diego’s Office of Human Research Protections Program, including the role of Analyst. I appreciate the support I received from my Director and colleagues to pursue my MAS degree, and to seek different career avenues in biomedical research and healthcare.
Two years ago I began the MAS Health Policy and Law program in the hopes of expanding my existing knowledge of human research policies and to learn the fundamentals of healthcare administration with a focus on improving patient healthcare experiences.
Obtaining a formal education and training in this field was necessary for me to learn how to make effective policy recommendations at my institution. Learning how to effectively navigate through existing policies and laws that govern over the administration of research and its downstream effects on healthcare is vital to addressing key problems that affect the quality of care and patient experiences.
The Professors and Faculty of the MAS, Health Policy and Law were experienced within this field, and provided comprehensive and practical knowledge to apply to my career. The knowledge I gained from my MAS coursework deepened my understanding of the laws that impact research and healthcare, and gave me confidence in my skill-set.
A few months ago I remember asking myself “Now that you are done with your Masters, how are you going to make a difference? What is your next move?”
— A hard question to answer: How will “I” make a difference?
Very cliché, but I found this quote: “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa
— That’s my next move! I will be that stone! I can be that person that helps researcher’s bridge the gap between research and regulatory compliance.
What I learned from my program is that doctors, physicians, and researchers are not lawyers, but are heavily regulated. They need someone to help them navigate the world of regulation and compliance in order to do their jobs effectively and without fear of repercussions.
My goal is to foster a partnership between Regulatory Compliance and Researchers in order to advance important health research in an ethically responsible manner. Learning the fundamentals of healthcare policy and law along with analysis of current healthcare practices in medicine and research, will allow me to make the changes I want to see in healthcare, whether it be through policy making, training and education, or community engagement.”
Rubi Linares-Orozco holds an MAS in Health Policy and Law; is a Certified IRB Professional; and is in the process of completing her certificate in Clinical Trials Design and Management.