Three Duke Medical Students Named North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellows

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) today announced the selection of its 2017-18 class of North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellows. Twenty-three graduate students from across the state, including three from Duke University Medical School, will spend the next year learning to effectively address the social factors that impact health, and developing lifelong leadership skills. In doing so, they will follow the example set by famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, for whom their Fellowship is named.

“This is a talented and hard-working group of students who are passionate about making health care more responsive to populations that are often overlooked, such people who are homeless, children who are living in poverty, and refugees and immigrants,” said Barbara Heffner, Director of the North Carolina chapter of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. “They’ve partnered with an impressive range of community-based groups that are working to help vulnerable people live healthier lives, and it will be very exciting to see their projects have measurable impact.”

Head shot of Cierra HongHead shot of Kristen RhodinHead shot of Aarti Thakkar



(photos left to right) 
Cierra Hong, 
Kristen Rhodin,
Aarti Thakkar


Cierra Hong and Kristen Rhodin, Duke School of Medicine
Community Site: Duke Cancer Institute
Provide support to surgical cancer patients who are from a low socioeconomic background to increase their chance of having a complication free recovery.

Aarti Thakkar, Duke School of Medicine
Community Site: Duke Outpatient Clinic and Lincoln Community Center
Expand the Duke Hotspotting Initiative (a 2015 Schweitzer project) to include another community clinic’s patients.

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