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The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
June 16, 2011

This year, I became affiliated with the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Schweitzer Fellowship Program, thanks to the suggestion of a colleague who is a Schweitzer Fellow for Life (he did his Fellowship in Chicago while at Northwestern Univ. med school). I personally met with this year's Fellows (2011-'12) and was blown away by their dedication to purpose, professional excellence, and simple humanitarian drive. Each Fellow had organized a project to improve health outcomes in a specific locale in our community.

Most Fellows have already had life experiences that have propelled them towards sharing their talents and expertise with others. These are unusually sensitive, highly intelligent individuals, who make the time during their intensive professional training to design and implement programs -- for residents in homeless shelters, shut-ins, non-English speaking senior citizens, elementary school kids without access to basic health care, etc etc.

They become Fellows for Life and continue to manifest the humanitarian example set by Dr Albert Schweitzer.. not only at his hospital at Lambarene in Gabon, but throughout the course of his life.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I attended this year's Celebration of Service, when the past year's Fellows present summaries of their year-long projects, including the measurable results -- and comments on how the programs could be continued, and improved.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them get more PR -- get volunteers who are skilled in PR to raise public awareness of Schweitzer Fellows' work in our community.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I am now engaged in raising awareness and gaining financial support for the Bay Area chapter.