Jaquel Patterson, ND
“I had an interest in working in community and public health and I was able to develop these skills during my schooling at UB”
Major: Naturopathic Medicine
Class Year: ’08
I chose UB because of its location in the Northeast. I also was attracted to the diverse community demographics and I believed I would have a broader and stronger clinical experience as a result.
I made sure to expand my networks while I was at UB. I had an interest in working in community and public health and I was able to develop these skills during my schooling at UB. I joined the Naturopathic Medical Student Association (National) and served as the Public Health Track Chair. I also served as the Outreach Communications Chair at UB for two years. I worked as the NAACP Executive Health Chair for Greater Bridgeport and I received the UB 2008 Service Excellence Award for my contribution and leadership to the UB community. These work experiences helped catapult me to my current position in healthcare administration in community health and private practice as a graduate. I am very pleased with the experiences I was able to obtain as a student.
Naturopathic medicine is a challenge academically and clinically. You are equipped with the necessary academic training to serve your patients in your last two clinical years of schooling. However, becoming a naturopathic physician, has constant challenges clinically on a daily basis. In naturopathic medicine, we have the opportunity to use many modalities. As a result, what works for one patient may not work for another. We never serve a patient with the same condition exactly the same—its is largely individualistic and we heal the underlying cause. This makes it challenging clinically and you are constantly learning new approaches to address health care for a patient. It is such a rewarding experience and my faith, passion, and love for naturopathic medicine only continued to grow during my schooling and after I graduated.