Dr. Eric Lamar Patrick – Howard University
Class of 2011 | Doctor of Pharmacy | Pharmacy (Pediatric Hospital) & Investment Education
Dr. Eric Patrick is a visionary. Growing up in Florida, he didn’t always know what he wanted to be, but he knew he wanted to be great at something. After graduating 59th in his class of almost 700 students (and the top African-American), he attended the University of South Florida in Tampa. He realized quickly he didn’t want to be a physician, but wanted to be in the healthcare field. He switch is focus from Pre-Med to to Pharmacy and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences within three years. He was initiated into the illustrious Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. while matriculating at USF. He then was accepted into Howard University’s College of Pharmacy (then School of Pharmacy) and became active immediately. During his time at the Mecca, he served numerous class and organizational positions including: Class President, Student Council President, and General Student Assembly Public Relations Chair. He also was a speaker during the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, & Allied Health Sciences graduation in 2010 and was the first ever Mr. Pharmacy (2011) at Howard University’s College of Pharmacy.
After graduating in 2011, he began his pharmacy career in Dallas, TX at a hospital that is a part of one of the biggest healthcare systems in the state of Texas, Baylor University Medical Center. He since has transitions to Our Children’s House at Baylor, which is the sole inpatient pediatric facility within the North Division of the Baylor Scott & White Health system. He also serves at Pharmacist-in-Charge at this location.
Recently, Dr. Patrick started a new venture, which is his company Black Market Exchange, LLC or BMEX for short. BMEX serves as an educational platform teaching on stock market fundamentals so people can learn about investing. But, this isn’t a normal investment education platform. In order to attract his audience, he has incorporated hip-hop and modern day urban media to lighten the tone of investing which as seemed so domineering for ages. Whether is using Hip-Hop lyrics to explain investment terms and concepts, or using humorous memes on social media to drive a point across, his message is becoming loud and clear: invest early, often, and with confidence. There are bigger milestones to achieve for his platform, but he believes that we all must start at the basics. Just as the adage states, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”