Vice President of Education, Justin Charles
Justin is a 4th year medical student at Stony Brook University School of Medicine in New York. He grew up on Long Island and obtained a degree in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University. He was led to medical school by an interest in using a whole-person approach to help others improve their health and well-being by living a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle, and was thrilled to find out about the field of Lifestyle Medicine!
During medical school, he has served in several mentorship positions for underclassmen and as a student representative for the Curriculum Committee to help evaluate how Health Promotion and Preventive Health is included in Stony Brook’s curriculum. He also has been involved in the Family Medicine and Psychiatry interest groups, conducted research on the role of physician empathy among general practitioners, and helps run an organization called Music in Medicine that enables students to play music for both their peers, and for patients at their bedside. This Fall, he is planning to start a Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group.
Justin plans to pursue a residency in either Family Medicine or Internal Medicine and eventually be part of a primary care practice that incorporates lifestyle interventions and uses an understanding of psychology and human behavior to facilitate lifestyle changes. He also hopes to be able to mentor and teach the new generation of physicians about the importance of Lifestyle Medicine for their patients and for themselves. Outside of school, he enjoys kickboxing, playing trumpet, traveling, listening to music, and having good conversation with friends and new people.
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