William Jackson III is a senior pursuing a BS in Psychology at the University of Kentucky. He plans to attain his MD and is interested in the fields of public health, healthcare management, and healthcare economics. These aforementioned interests have functioned as a catalyst for his new-found interest in health services research.
As a SUMR Scholar, William worked with Dr. Justin Clapp and Dr. Meghan Lane-Fall on two separate projects. Dr. Clapp’s group, the Social Science Lab in Perioperative Medicine (SSLPM), focused on the communication between providers as well as between the provider and patient. The project aimed to develop a phone application which functions as an informational resource for patients in surgical recovery. The Lane-Fall Lab team worked on improving the quality of care for patients in critical care. The study, Handoffs and Transitions in Critical Care (HATRICC), evaluated the efficacy and sustainability of the standardized communication in hospital transition points (such as the operating room to the intensive care unit) with the overall goal to decrease preventable harm to patients.
Outside of academics, William is the co-founder and president of the American Mock World Health Organization (AMWHO), an organization focused on bettering health at the macro-level through discussion of public health issues. William is also an organic chemistry tutor, an Alumni Ambassador for the University of Kentucky, and a certified pharmacy technician. William has also co-founded Project 3rd, a volunteer organization for an at-risk youth home called the Arbor Youth Services. In his free time, William enjoys playing basketball, lifting weights, and spray-painting.