I am a pediatrician by training, and a commissioned officer of the US Public Health Service, assigned to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) where I serve as the Technical Lead for the National Public Health Institute Program. Our group’s focus is to figure out ways to help countries that want to strengthen public health systems, as well as those recovering from natural or other disasters, put programs in place that will improve health and fight the spread of disease.
As is the case for many of us who have felt the transformative impact of the Schweitzer Fellowship, my time in Lambaréné was a career-defining experience. I have been working in Global health for a little over a decade now, and during this time, I’ve had a chance to return to the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer on a couple of occasions, and in different capacities. I felt honored and privileged to be appointed the program director for the Lambaréné Chapter of the Fellowship and have committed to making the program as strong as it can be.
There are currently opportunities for two senior medical students to apply for the Lambaréné Schweitzer Fellowship at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Gabon for rotation periods of August 1 – October 31, 2016 and May 1 – July 31, 2017.
Applications for the three month rotations starting on August 1 and May 1 and on are now open and being reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified when their application has been received and reviewed.
To all Fellows for Life who are reading this: I need your help to recruit the best possible Fellows to keep the Lambaréné Schweitzer Fellowship going strong. To those with connections to medical school leadership, please consider letting them know about this program. Or, better yet, please email me and let’s coordinate an introduction of the Lambaréné to your medical school leaders.
Given the short time frame between now and the August 1, 2016 rotation date, I would urge you to reach out to your medical schools as soon as possible and have them direct interested students contact me. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 404-954-0604.
Below are some useful links about the Lambaréné program, the hospital and the application process.
Information about the Lambaréné Schweitzer Fellowship Program
For medical schools affiliated with the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, information about the Fellowship can be found here