In this insightful episode of the “Wait, but Why” series, Keith Wright engages with Susan Straka, Research Project Associate at Cedar Sinai Medical Center. With decades of experience in clinical trial operations and management, Susan shares her observations on the evolution of the field, detailing the significant changes, challenges, and opportunities she has encountered. She recounts compelling stories from her extensive career in research, providing practical tips for adapting to change and strategies for career advancement. This conversation offers a deep dive into the personal and professional growth within clinical research, making it a valuable resource for professionals at any stage of their career looking to learn from a seasoned expert’s journey.