11 students selected as Schweitzer Fellows

The Schweitzer Fellowship year expands a student’s educational experience and provides opportunities to gain firsthand knowledge and skills rarely found in traditional professional health training.

schweitzer fellowshipThe Albert Schweitzer Fellowship today announced the selection of its inaugural class of Alabama Schweitzer Fellows, including 11 graduate students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The students will spend the next year learning to effectively address the social factors that impact health and developing lifelong leadership skills by completing service projects in different areas across Alabama. In doing so, they will follow the example set by famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, for whom the Fellowship is named.

“We are extremely proud of our class of Schweitzer Fellows,” said Kristin Boggs, director of the Alabama chapter of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. “There was great interest in the program, and we are excited to see what our talented students accomplish over the next 12 months. We are confident that the Alabama Schweitzer program will make a lasting impact on the health of communities in and around Birmingham, as our Fellows first learn to serve and support vulnerable people in living healthier lives, and then take those skills with them as they establish themselves professionally as leaders in their fields.”

UAB students selected as Schweitzer Fellows are:

School of Health Professions

  • Michelle Kung

School of Medicine

  • Jacob Files
  • Amy Hudson
  • Nicole Lassiter
  • Madilyn Tomaso

School of Nursing

  • Shivangi Argade
  • Shannon S. Polson

School of Public Health

  • Josh Bruce
  • Alison Footman
  • Sherilyn Garner
  • Raina Jain

The Alabama Schweitzer Chapter was founded in 2015 and joins a national network of Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Chapters across the United States. ASF chapters are dedicated to improving the health of vulnerable people by developing a corps of emerging professionals who enter the workforce with the skills and commitment necessary to address unmet health needs.