WCSU: First step toward becoming a doctor
Western student participating in prestigious medical research program this summer

DANBURY, CONN. — The first time Western Connecticut State University student Waverly Rose Brim saw on television young children from third-world countries born with deformities, she decided to become a doctor and dedicate her free time toward helping them overcome their difficulties.

She is on her way. With a year of a tailor-made pre-med program at Western under her belt, the West Haven resident was one of 30 students chosen from hundreds to participate this summer in the Yale School of Medicine’s Discovery to Cure Program.

“This program ties into what I want to go into and it will allow me to explore medicine as a whole,” said Brim, who is intrigued by experimental surgery and the future of medicine. She ultimately hopes to be a pediatrician and be able to devote some time to Operation Smile, a program that corrects clef palates for children abroad.

Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Brim moved with her family to Connecticut during high school. During her junior and senior year, she volunteered at Yale/New Haven’s cardiac thoracic intensive care unit preparing beds for patients, reading to them and being a companion.

At the Yale summer program, Brim will research reproductive endocrinology for six to eight weeks. During the independent study under the guidance of a teaching doctor, she will learn about conducting medical procedures before formally presenting her conclusive research.

Brim is a senator in the WCSU Student Government Association and a member of the university’s Honors Program. She said her courses this year at Western helped confirm that she was indeed going to be doctor and that Western was the perfect place to start. At first, she wasn’t sure about all of the biology courses because her interests lie more in humans.

“Then the courses really sparked my interest when it all came together,” she said. “You don’t realize until after that they actually are important. We went from plants to fungi to protists to bacteria and all those things affect humans, and that’s when it becomes relevant.”

This is not Brim’s first time studying at medical school. While a junior in high school, Brim participated in a five-week summer program at Georgetown University that focused on the fundamentals of medicine. Brim said she is eager for this latest opportunity to study at Yale and then return to WCSU in the fall to continue her studies.
“We do have research opportunities at WCSU,” she said. “I appreciate the traditional campus feel of Western and it’s fun to be connected with other honors students on campus. I’ve acclimated really well here.”

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