Anuj Jailwala (top left), Harrison Huang, Palak Patel and Hannah Dibble (top right), all Wake Forest University School of Medicine students, have been named 2023-24 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.
Anuj and Harrison are leading free ophthalmology services at a community center for people experiencing homelessness; this is an expansion of 2023-24 Schweitzer Fellowship project. Matthew Giegengack, MD, associate professor of ophthalmology, will serve as their academic mentor.
Palak and Hannah are launching a skin cancer prevention program for vulnerable Forsyth County populations. They are working with Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist’s Downtown Health Plaza to provide free skin checks, teach patients how to perform their own skin screenings and encourage the wearing of free sun protective materials distributed through a partnership with IMPACT Melanoma. Christine Ahn, MD, assistant professor of dermatology, will serve as their academic mentor.