November 2010

Angel Shree’ Byrd

ByrdWhat are you doing now?
Currently, I am still pursuing my M.D./Ph.D. at Brown University. I recently have passed my preliminary exam and have been advanced to doctoral degree candidacy! After successful completion of my doctoral degree, I will matriculate back to medical school and finish the two clinical years of training that I have remaining.

What is your impression of your Hill Day experience one year later?
My Hill Day experience was one that I always will remember! I really enjoyed talking to political leaders about various issues, especially the issues that surrounded funding for research. Many times, it seems that one voice cannot possibly make a difference, but this experience certainly proved differently. The senators and representatives were very interested in the message we were presenting and assured us that our voice did count.

What has your participation in Hill Day inspired you to do in terms of advocacy?
I have tried to encourage others to participate in lobbying efforts. I also have invited our senators and representatives to visit our lab facilities at Brown/Rhode Island Hospital. I would like them to see firsthand what a rewarding investment research really is.

What would your advice be to future participants?
My advice to future participants is to take the opportunity very seriously and make sure that you are very passionate in conveying the message of how important research is. Provide examples of how advancing research enhances our knowledge as graduate students in training, which ultimately helps to advance the various fields that we are all working in. As fields advance, more cures are developed, therapeutics are designed and the quality of life is improved.

See what Angel said before Hill Day 2009.


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