Jerome Watts is a graduate of Haverford College in Haverford, PA. He pursued a major in Biology as well as a minor in Health Studies. His interest in medicine was sparked by role models in the field of healthcare, namely Dr. Daniel Hale Williams and Dr. Benjamin Carson; his love for science and passion for addressing inequalities, specifically within the sphere of health, has only grown through the coursework at Haverford College, his exposure to different types and dimensions of research, and growing understanding of the role of health disparities in the world – particularly in the U.S. Inspired by his hard-working family and personal experiences with healthcare, Jerome is aiming to build his career around pediatric care and preventative medicine.
During SUMR, Jerome worked on two separate projects, one with Dr. Kristen Feemster, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at CHOP, and the other with Dr. Lane-Fall, an anesthesiologist and critical care expert. For the first project, under Dr. Feemster, Jerome gathered information to assist with the development of measurement tools for the implementation of a study identifying the risk of acquiring a respiratory infection in pediatric outpatient settings. For the second project, under Dr. Lane-Fall, he worked on the HATRICC Project, geared around standardizing OR to ICU handoffs at two Philadelphia hospitals.
Through this experience at SUMR, Jerome gained a better sense if he would like to be a physician as well as a clinical researcher in order to get a little closer to deciding if he would like to attend medical or grad school following his undergraduate years. At Haverford College, Jerome was the head of the Pottery Club and was involved in club soccer as well as intramural basketball, among other organizations on campus. Outside of pottery and staying physically active, he enjoys reading and being kept up-to-date on current issues in health and health policy, spending time with family and friends, and watching a good movie or two on the weekends.