Caroline Minnick (Top Left), Annie (Maddy) Thurman and Siena Hapig-Ward (Top Right), all third-year Wake Forest University School of Medicine students, have been named 2022-23 North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellows.
These students will spend the next year learning to effectively address the social factors that impact health, and developing lifelong leadership skills.Schweitzer Fellows develop and implement service projects that address the root causes of health disparities in under-resourced communities, while also fulfilling their academic responsibilities. Caroline Minnick will lead a cohort-style infant safety training and support sessions to foster improved confidence and establish a support network for underserved and at-risk young mothers.
Kimberly Montez, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, will serve as her academic mentor.
Maddy Thurman and Siena Hapig-Ward will launch free ophthalmology services at a community center for people experiencing homelessness; this is an expansion of 2021-22 Schweitzer Fellowship project. Matthew Giegengack, MD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, will serve as their academic mentor.