Employee Q&A: Meghan MacDonald

Our teams are comprised of amazing people of all different backgrounds and strengths. What they have in common is their passion for clinical research, and for making your clinical trial ventures successful. In our Employee Q&A features we ask our employees what they enjoy most about what they do, and give them an opportunity to share a bit about who they are outside of the workplace.

ClinEdge: What have you gained from working with ClinEdge in the patient travel department?

Meghan: Wow! So much! I previously worked as a travel agent booking corporate and leisure travel. From day one just learning all of the HIPAA compliancy was all very new to me. Now that I am more involved, I try to understand as much as I can for each study we are involved in.

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ClinEdge: What do you think everyone should know about clinical trials?

Meghan: I hear a lot of negative reactions to the term "clinical trial" at first, such as “lab rat.” But when you think about the bigger picture, every drug and medical device that is on the market has gone through year and years of testing. Clinical trials are what cure diseases and provide better lives for anyone living with a medical condition.

ClinEdge: What is your favorite part of your job?

Meghan: Speaking with our patients. Especially that first initial call. They are so grateful, and it makes my job very easy!

ClinEdge: What drew you to ClinEdge, and what has changed since?

Meghan: When I first applied for the job, the first thing that attracted me to the position was that it was in North Quincy. I was working in Brookline and living in Quincy at the time, so I had little to no time with my family during the week. But also, this was a position in travel which is what I was doing, but in a completely different setting. I was intrigued and had so many questions! Thankfully I got a response for a phone interview. That’s when I really became interested in the company and the position. Now, that I am here, it is great that I am closer to home, but my job is so rewarding! I like to think of us all as a small part in such a great thing!

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ClinEdge: What advice would you give to recent new hires?

Meghan: Be open minded. Have confidence in yourself. And be ready to pull up your sleeves and work hard! There are always side projects going on and at any time you could be asked to assist. The owners put a lot of confidence in their employees’ abilities. Sometimes they might recognize it before you might recognize yourself. Which is why I say to have confidence in yourself!

ClinEdge: How do you define success?

Meghan: Being happy with what you do. Not necessarily monetarily, but fulfilling personally.

ClinEdge: Can you tell us a “fun fact” about you?

Meghan: I was married on a sidewalk in Portland Oregon for $25, with two strangers we pulled off the street walking by to be our witnesses, at the 24-hour church of Elvis. It is not a church and really has nothing to do with Elvis. It was a strange art installation built into the wall… hard to explain. Sadly, it’s not there anymore, but it was the best decision I ever made and have zero regrets about it!

ClinEdge: Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster?

Meghan: My initial response to this is tiny elephant. I have no idea why. But that is what my brain decided. Final answer!

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ClinEdge: Who inspires you?

Meghan: Not to sound cliché, but my son is my biggest inspiration, motivator, and support team! It really is hard to put into words how much a child can change you and your perspective on life. I love that little dude so much and he is the basis of all my life decisions!

ClinEdge: What did you want to be when growing up?

Meghan: Cyndi Lauper!


To learn more about how Meghan and the patient travel team make a difference in the lives of patients on a daily basis, check out this blog article:

Travel Coordination is Part of the Patient Experience

Maggie Kilgallon

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Maggie is a Marketing Coordinator at ClinEdge, BTC Network, and GuideStar Research. She assists the internal marketing team with content creation, conference planning, webinar management, external partnerships, social media strategy, and other marketing efforts.

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