Each year since 1979, The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship has selected four senior medical students to spend three months working as Schweitzer Fellows at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Gabon on clinical rotations. Fellows work as junior physicians, supervised by Schweitzer Hospital medical staff. Fellows generally spend the full rotation on either the Pediatrics or Medicine service.
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship provides complete funding for Fellows (airfare, room, board, immunizations). Previous Lambaréné Schweitzer Fellows have received academic credit for their experience according to their school’s policy. Many Fellows have found their three months to be among the most valuable of their profession training, and several have reported that their lives and career plans have been changed in major ways by their experiences in Lambaréné. Upon returning, Fellows will join a network of nearly 3,000 Lambaréné and U.S. Schweitzer Fellows – the Fellows for Life network – who are dedicated to maintaining service in their personal and professional lives.
Two Fellows serve from February 1- April 30, and two serve from May 1- July 31. Dates are not flexible. Students who cannot guarantee full participation during these dates should not apply.
Students from any U.S. medical school are eligible to apply; however, priority may be given to students from schools affiliated with the U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program (which has existing or planned sites in Alabama, Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Houston/Galveston, Los Angeles, NH/VT, New Orleans, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, and Tulsa. Students must have completed clerkships in Medicine and Pediatrics (surgery and OB-GYN are highly desirable) and fluency in French is required.
- Complete three full months of service during the dates specified.
- Attend an orientation retreat in Boston or via Skype date TBD.
- Submit monthly reports and shorter mid-month updates by email during the rotation.
- Submit a five to ten page final report documenting and reflecting on your experience within 60 days of return to the United States.
- Publicize the work of the Schweitzer Hospital, and health care in Africa more generally, and recruit potential new Fellows through a presentation at your school about your experience at Lambaréné.
- Help plan and lead the orientation of new Fellows the following year.
- Because all patient encounters occur in French, a functional fluency of that language is absolutely essential.
- Prior completion of clerkships in medicine and pediatrics are required. Surgery and OB-GYN are highly desirable.
- Some background or coursework in tropical medicine or parasitology is important but not a prerequisite.
Applications for the either of the three-month rotations must be received by September 30 of the preceding year.
For more information, please contact
Ezra Barzilay, MD, Program Director
Send correspondence to:
330 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215