A Charleston, SC native, Jackson Pearce is a third-year medical student at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). He completed his undergraduate studies at Furman University, where he majored in psychology and pursued a broad spectrum of research projects: he wrote his senior thesis in social psychology on the topic of social influence, worked with the Greenville Health System in clinical informatics and public health research, and spent a summer at Vanderbilt University studying acute kidney injury. He served in various leadership roles across campus, including the Office of Admissions, the Shucker Leadership Institute, and the Office of Institutional Assessment and Advancement. At MUSC, he serves as a voting member of the medical school’s curriculum committee and representative for his class, interviews applicants for acceptance to the college, co-led the independent student analysis for the medical school’s LCME accreditation process, and conducts research with the Department of Neurosurgery. He is completing a yearlong fellowship in health policy with the Society of General Internal Medicine and is eager to apply his new knowledge and skills in addressing complex issues in medicine, including access to affordable and equitable healthcare. After his year in Asia as a Luce Scholar, Jackson will return to Charleston to complete his fourth year of medical school, pursue residency in neurological surgery, and continue to advocate for improvements in healthcare. In addition to his professional interests, he enjoys cooking and reading.
2021-2022 Luce Scholar