First Year Medical Student, Duke University
Antoinette Jasmine Charles is a medical student, research enthusiast, and public servant. She is a first-generation Haitian-American born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. Antoinette grew up in a tight-knit community with her parents, Altagrace Jean Francois and Josue Charles, and brother, Richard Charles.
A product of an immigrant family, Antoinette studied neuroscience with a minor in chemistry at Georgia State University (GSU). She dedicated her undergraduate career to serving underprivileged communities, leadership, and satisfying her intellectual curiosity through research. Antoinette led medical mission trips to Honduras and Nicaragua by raising over $100,000, established initiatives to raise awareness for the homeless community in metro Atlanta, and was the president of one of the most funded STEM organizations on campus. All her efforts at GSU in the community and academic realm earned her the 2019 University System of Georgia Outstanding Student award.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude (GPA: 4.14) with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from GSU, she joined the Office of the Clinical Director at the National Institute of Mental Health as a Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Fellow. Antoinette was also selected as a National Institute of Health Academy Fellow to study health disparities in conjunction with her mental health research.
Currently, Antoinette is a first-year medical student at Duke University School of Medicine. She serves as the Multicultural Recruitment co-chair for the Student National Medical Association, Medical Student representative for the Graduate and Professional Student Government, and World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies junior committee member. Antoinette is also a research assistant with Duke Global Neurosurgery and Neurology. She is pursuing a surgical career that will allow her to engage in global health research and medical journalism.