The COVID-19 pandemic we’re going through as this episode is airing has made us more aware than ever of how complex and time-consuming it is to study, test, and approve medical treatments. This week’s guest, Nathalie Ross, is going to share her experience in a domain where, as a PhD, she felt she was actively contributing to the advancement of medical treatments for real patients out there – as a scientific and medical writer in the domain of regulatory affairs.
Nathalie Ross, Ph.D., MWC, a former research scientist, is a bilingual (French & English) Medical and Regulatory writer with over 15 years of experience.
Her curriculum also includes Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs at Mapi (formely CanReg), where she managed a large number of drug and medical device applications for Health Canada and the FDA in a wide spectrum of therapeutic areas (cardiovascular, dentistry, gastrointestinal, oncology, orthopaedic, paediatrics, and plastic surgery).
Nathalie developed teaching and R&D skills through her positions as a Research Scientist (Environment Canada) and as an Assistant Professor (University of Ottawa). She is a member of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), Canadian Association of Professional Regulatory Affairs (CAPRA), and Association des communicateurs scientifiques du Québec (ACS).
She is based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where she works in partnership with her local, national, and international clientele.
What you’ll learn about in this episode:
- You can always decide to pivot, professionally
- The industry-funded research scientist track if you want to research and teach at the university level outisde of the tenure track
- Regulatory affairs as a stimulating career option for PhDs
- The advantages of getting a certificate in medical writing to access the domain
This episode’s pearls of wisdom:
“People thought I was crazy to leave a job that was tenure track to go there [regulatory affairs].”
“I didn’t start as a senior manager because I was very new in a field where I was learning – I started at the bottom. However, because of all the skills that were already available – you mentioned the writing skills and I can identify a couple. Then I went from an associate to senior associate, manager to senior manager.”
“When you do a PhD, you have to learn how to be organized. Organize your thoughts, organize everything. Specifically, for regulatory affairs, one of the key skills is to be detail-oriented, to be curious, because you will change from one project to another.”