UAB School of Medicine Annual Report 2014-2015 (see pg. 7)
In 2015, the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) launched a program chapter headquartered at the UAB School of Medicine with additional support provided by UAB’s Schools of Dentistry, Health Professions, Nursing, and Public Health. The Alabama chapter is ASF’s 13th U.S.- based program and the only one in the Southeast. The fellowship is an important addition to the school’s service learning resources, and recruiting is under way for the first class of fellows. Schweitzer Fellows are graduate students in health care fields, social work, law, education, and other professions. They spend a year designing and implementing service projects that address the root causes of health disparities in under-resourced communities, while also fulfilling their academic responsibilities. The process of completing their fellowship projects teaches Schweitzer Fellows how to work with others in allied fields. As Schweitzer Fellows develop professionally, this skill is critical to their ability to affect largerscale change among vulnerable populations.