Two students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have been selected as 2010-11 Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellows. Over the next year, these two emerging professionals will join approximately 200 other 2010-11 Schweitzer Fellows across the country (including two from Penn School of Dental Medicine) in conceptualizing and carrying out service projects that address the unmet health-related needs of underserved individuals and communities:

Gregory Charak and Chuka Didigu, second year students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, will work on a service project aimed at reducing risk factors for gestational diabetes by developing a risk reduction program for pregnant mothers in West Philadelphia.

Upon completion of their initial year, Charak and Didigu will become Schweitzer Fellows for Life—and join a vibrant network of over 2,000 individuals who are dedicated and skilled in addressing the health needs of underserved people throughout their careers as professionals.

For more information on the Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellows Program, please go here. A full listing of the 2010-11 Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellows is available here.

Congratulations on these Penn School of Medicine students’ selection as Schweitzer Fellows!


Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $5.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $373 million awarded in the 2015 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.

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