Atrium Health

Kelly G.

Scientific Writer

Became an RA: The 2010's

After obtaining my Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in 1997, I started my career in health care quality improvement in outpatient and inpatient settings. I then moved into a research-focused role in a school of medicine. That position involved grant writing, manuscript development, and program evaluation. I then returned to quality improvement en route to senior leadership positions in healthcare administration, including management of hospitalist programs and redesigning care models and staffing for one of the first accountable care organizations in North Carolina. I
bounced back into more of a research-type role at one point, this time in the public health setting. I finally decided research was where I BELONGED, so, I worked as a freelance grant writer and consultant for 3.5 years before joining the Department of Emergency Medicine at Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center in 2016. I perform scientific writing, budget development, submission of the grant application, and helping with post-award functions, such as progress reporting, reviewing the financials, and suggesting budget modifications. I am also a member of the department’s Emergency Medicine Research Review Committee and the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship’s Scholarly Oversight Committee (all fellows must complete a research project and submit a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal).