Humans of LMP: Elio Belfiore
Each month we speak to a member of the Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology community and find out more about them as part of an initiative from our Wellness, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Committee (WIDE).
This month we feature Master's in Translational Research Student, Dr. Elio Belfiore, an MD and an Anesthesiologist.
Visit the Humans of LMP page to read more stories and nominate yourself or others to be featured.
What are you studying at LMP and why are you interested in studying it?
I am doing a Master's in Translational Research. I chose this topic because I am involved in research activities in Anesthesia Education, my actual field, and wanted to go deep into this matter in order to improve my skills in it.
What is the most interesting thing you’ve done, seen or got involved with while at LMP?
I love the concept of Ideation Key created by Joseph Ferenbok. It prompts one to get ideas from daily life needs. In addition, the concept of the Ideation Clinic to discuss ideas in progress to achieve changes and innovation is highly valuable from my perspective.
What was the best career advice you ever received?
I believe it was a recent conversation with a friend that situated myself in my strengths and profile. This friend enlightened me about the role I am currently fitting in, named clinician-researcher.
What has been an important learning experience in your life?
Something truly important I heard and discussed in my Master's classes is the essentiality of keeping up with a growth mindset. The most valuable recent learning point I had is that we need to pursue growth all the time, without fearing to fail and sharpening ourselves by internalizing the feedback we receive throughout our lives.
Who is an influential person in your life and why?
I was a lot influenced by a person I consider my mentor nowadays: my research coordinator. He was the one that even recommended me to the Translational Research Master program.
What would it surprise people to know about you?
I believe one of my strengths that would surprise people in contact with me is my resilience power. I understand that one cannot succeed without perseverance and understanding that life is a long marathon which makes winners those ones who do not give up early.
What activities do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I love staying with my family. I have a 3-year-old son who is so much fun. My wife and I are also waiting for another boy who is coming next month. I am very excited to live this other phase of my life.
What is your favourite album, film and novel?
For a favourite band I like foo fighters a lot. A remarkable film to me is Forest Gump. And a novel, I would say the trilogy of the century by Ken Follet.
Who would be your dream dinner guests?
I’d love to have a dinner with Angela Merkel; her leadership and governance is something that calls my attention a lot.
Where/what is your favourite place?
My favorite place is a beach house my family usually goes to get together and spend fun times. Usually our New Year holiday we go to this house and stay there relaxing for some time. It is located on the coast of Sao Paulo, in Brazil.
If you were stuck on a deserted island but had all your basic needs taken care of (i.e. food and water), what two items would you bring with you and why?
Interesting question. I think I would like to have a phone to connect with my family and a sports channel on tv to watch my favourite matches.