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With new program in Columbus, Schweitzer Fellowship comes
to Ohio University

Unique, interdisciplinary program will address health disparities in Columbus and Athens by
developing Leaders in Services

The Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine joins the
Ohio State University College of Medicine as academic partners and sponsors in the newest site for the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, the 12th such program in the nation.

Funding from Anthem Blue Cross and the Blue Shield Foundation helped make possible the program’s expansion to Columbus and Athens.  

“We’re proud to be partners in this prestigious program. It’s a great fit for us,” said Jack Brose, D.O., dean of OU-COM. “Service to the region is a large part of our mission, and we’ve long provided programs that meet unfulfilled health care needs in Southeast Ohio. The Schweitzer Fellowship provides an important avenue for students with a passion for serving the underserved to build their leadership experience in health-focused community service.”

“We provide incredible opportunities for our medical students and other Ohio University students to serve our community – it’s part of our mission as the Area Health Education Center,” said Trace. “This is exciting because this is only the second Schweitzer site in the Midwest and only the 12th in the country,” said Kathy Trace, director of OU-COM’s Area Health Education Center and Community Health Programs.

The Albert Schweitzer Foundation (ASF) is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to address health disparities by developing what they term “Leaders in Service.”  According to their web site, these are “individuals who are dedicated and skilled in meeting the health needs of underserved communities, and whose examples influences and inspires others.”

Every year, ASF selects and supports approximately 200 new fellows from the nation’s top professional schools. Each fellow partners with a local organization to create and carry out a yearlong 200-hour service project that addresses an unmet health-related need in the area that program serves. These fellows deliver more than 40,000 hours of service annually.

In October, the Columbus site will begin recruiting its first class of an estimated 12 fellows. OU-COM medical students and graduate students in nursing, psychology and social work are eligible to apply for the fellowships, as are Ohio State students in dentistry, medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, social work and veterinary medicine. Applications and program information will be available online at Selection will occur in the winter, and the newest fellows will begin in spring 2011.

Terry Bahn, Columbus Schweitzer fellows program director and the director of outreach and engagement for the OSU College of Medicine, said that he will conduct information sessions in October for students interested in learning more and applying for the fellowship. 

“Fellows must partner with community-based organizations to identify an unmet health need, design a sustainable service project with an enduring impact, and bring the program from idea to implementation,” Bahn said.

“Those selected for the fellowships will conduct their projects while continuing with their academic programs, thus learning to integrate service into their everyday lives,” Bahn said.


Contact: Karoline Lane, director of communication, (740) 593-2261,

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