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ASF's info table at Pri-Med Southwest in Houston on March 5, where Lachlan Forrow, MD and three Houston Schweitzer Fellows delivered the keynote.

In addition to being a Schweitzer Fellow for Life and the creator of the U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Programs, Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) President Lachlan Forrow, MD is Director of Ethics and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He’s currently serving as leading CME provider Pri-Med’s online expert on matters of ethics and professional responsibility (click here to read his answers to clinicians’ questions about everything from conscientious objection to  end of life decisions).

In the latest installation of Pri-Med’s generous and meaningful partnership with ASF, Forrow will take the stage this Friday at  Pri-Med West in Anaheim, CA to deliver a keynote address entitled “Medicine, Healing, and Service: How We Can All Make a Difference in the Social Sector.”

ASF’s California programs (Bay Area and Los Angeles, founded in 2006 and 2007 respectively) are among our youngest — so this Pri-Med talk is a terrific chance for the California medical community to get involved with–and get inspired by–the work that’s being done by Schweitzer Fellows right in their own backyard.

As we’ve written in previous blog posts, providing primary care is hard (and made even harder by a health care system that deincentivizes the primary care track). In the face of systemic barriers and daily frustrations, remembering why you likely entered medicine in the first place — to heal, to serve, to make a difference — is often difficult.

In his talk this Friday, Dr. Forrow (backed by the powerful examples of current Bay Area Fellow Pamela Eiselman; current Los Angeles Schweitzer Fellow Kimberly DeQuattro; and Boston Fellow for Life/Los Angeles Schweitzer Board Member Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH)  will attempt to help attendees find renewal, reuniting medicine, healing, and service in their daily work.

He’ll do so by emphasizing a powerful idea: the idea that every single clinician in attendance can make a difference by, in Albert Schweitzer’s words, “finding their own Lambarene” – ie, doing what they love most and are best at, and applying that skill in a way that is of service to our fellow human beings and our world.

Forrow will shine a spotlight on the instructive experiences of DeQuattro, Eiselman, and Manchanda; conference attendees will have the chance to interact with Forrow and the three other Fellows at a Meet & Greet directly following the keynote.

Schweitzer Fellows Erin Bendure, Bhavika Kaul, and Donald Stader pictured with ASF President Lachlan Forrow at Pri-Med Southwest.

If you’re a California clinician who is planning on attending Pri-Med West, we hope you’ll stop by and introduce yourself. And even more importantly, we hope you’ll emerge re-energized about the profession you’ve chosen, and confident in your own power to make a difference in the lives of those around you.

Thank you to Pri-Med for your ongoing support of our Fellows and their work to address health disparities!

Click here to read a recap of Forrow’s previous keynote at Pri-Med Southwest in Houston.