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IL: Humanitarian Fellowships Awarded to CCOM Students

April 27, 2010

by Office of Communications

Two Midwestern University (MWU) students have been selected for Schweitzer Fellowship awards. Francois Blumenfeld-Kouchner and John Ryan Hayes, both first-year medical students at MWU's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, received the award and will spend a year designing and implementing a project to improve health and access to care.

Mr. Blumenfeld-Kouchner will develop a training and recruitment program for volunteer treatment providers and interpreters at the Marjorie Kovler Center for Survivors of Torture in Chicago. Mr. Hayes plans to work with chronically ill patients in the Community Health Partnership of Illinois' network of underserved Hispanic migrant workers.

"There has never been a more important need for altruism in our nation's life," remarked Quentin Young, M.D., chair of the Chicago Schweitzer Program. "The Schweitzer Fellowship - each and every year - gives rich expression to this impulse to competitively selected health students in our community, the future leaders of our society."

Thirty-one students representing 18 different university programs including medicine, nursing, psychology, public health, social work, art therapy, and law were selected for Schweitzer Fellowships this year. Named in honor of humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the Fellowship encourages exceptional students in health and human service fields to "make their lives their argument" by serving the most vulnerable members of society, including the uninsured, immigrants, the homeless, returning veterans, minorities, and the working poor. Now in its fifteenth year, the Schweitzer Fellowship addresses the serious health challenges of local communities while encouraging aspiring professionals to honor their idealism. The program is administered by Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, a Chicago nonprofit that focuses on health care access of the working poor and uninsured.

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