Brandon Pham, BS Medical Student Researcher
Stanford University School of Medicine
Brandon Pham is a third-year medical student at Stanford University School of Medicine. For the past three years, Brandon has served as a teaching assistant for the Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine Course led by Dr. Michael Fredericson, a professor of Orthopedic Surgery. As part of the ten-week course, Brandon has invited a diverse array of guest lecturers and leading experts in their fields each year to speak about topics ranging from diet and exercise to mindfulness and meditation. These talks are designed to empower students to critically evaluate their current lifestyle choices and to challenge them to take small steps to reach their fitness and dietary goals. In September, he received a Trainees Leadership Grant from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine to attend the 2019 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
“When I began medical school in Fall 2017, I sought to learn a holistic approach to medicine that would emphasize the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of human disease. As a future medical provider, I would be tasked with caring for patients with all spectrums of illness. Given that many leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States are chronic and preventable illnesses, I envisioned that I could make a large impact on patients’ lives as a health provider by learning more about the importance of lifestyle changes and preventative interventions. All of these brought me to Lifestyle Medicine. As future physicians, we are called to improve the health of those around us. One of the most simple and effective ways to do this is to help patients develop healthy, active lifestyles with balanced diet and well-rounded lifestyles. My hope with the Stanford Center on Longevity is that it will continue to empower students with key knowledge about Lifestyle Medicine.”