Born and raised on the island of Oahu, Ms. Jacquelynn Pratt graduated from The Kamehameha Schools – Kapālama campus in 2001. While at Chaminade University, Ms. Pratt remained highly involved in a number of school clubs and organizations, and took on a variety of leadership roles within the Biology, Scrubs Pre-medical, Forensic Science, and Hawaiian Clubs. She was also inducted into two honor societies, Delta Epsilon Sigma and Sigma Tau Delta, and participated in the first Native Hawaiian Leadership course offered at Chaminade University.
Ms. Pratt majored in both Biology and English, and earned both a Bachelor’s of Science and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in May 2006 with a 3.9 GPA. She also received the Outstanding English Graduate award. Throughout her undergraduate career, Ms. Pratt participated in a variety of research programs with topics spanning a multitude of disciplines including, psychology, cancer biology, ecology, and epidemiology, and attended many conferences. After graduating from Chaminade, Ms. Pratt spent three months on the Cook Islands working with the Ministry of Health to computerize patient data in order to more accurately calculate the incidence and prevalence of cancer among Native Cook Island Maori.
After returning from the Cook Islands, Ms. Pratt continued to improve her medical school application while working as a full-time supervisor for Borders Books and Music. Ms. Pratt has spent the last year working at Chaminade University as the Assistant to the Associate Provost in the Office of Health Professions Advising and Undergraduate Research. While increasing her exposure to the clinical side of medicine, Ms. Pratt discovered the practice of osteopathic medicine. Founded in the late 1800s by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, osteopathic medicine emphasizes the importance of whole-person medicine, hands-on diagnosis and treatment, and health promotion and disease prevention. She began her medical studies at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in July 2013. She looks forward to one day returning home to Hawai’i to practice medicine.