A native of Gary, Indiana, Robert Patterson is a graduate of DePauw University with a degree in Economics and Philosophy. Subsequently, he was awarded the Consortium Award for Graduate Study in Management and attended Indiana University in Bloomington, IN where he received an MBA with a concentration in Marketing. Upon graduation he accepted an opportunity to serve as a pharmaceutical sales representative with Eli Lilly and Company.
Dr. Patterson entered medical school as the inaugural winner of the George Rawls, MD Scholarship at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM). Dr. Patterson is an inaugural member of the IUSM's Diversity Council and served two terms as president of the IUSM Student National Medical Association.
In 2004 he utilized these dual positions to create a Diversity Week celebration on the school's campus which honors the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by focusing on minority heath care issues. Dr. Patterson's accomplishments have attracted national attention. He was awarded the American Medical Association's Student Leadership Award for 2003-2004 which acknowledges the twenty most gifted and energetic student leaders in the country. In addition, he was also awarded the Student National Medical Association's Member of the Year award for 2003-2004 and the Journal of the National Medical Association's Award of Journalistic Excellence in October of 2004, becoming the first student to be nationally recognized by all three major medical organizations in the same academic year.
Dr. Patterson is also the co-author (with Dr. George Rawls and foreword written by esteemed neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson) of a minority medical student handbook entitled "So You Want to be a Doctor: A Guide for the Student from High School through Retirement", which was released in October of 2007.
Presently, he is a resident in psychiatry at University of Louisville Medical School.
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