Educating New Doctors: A Buddy System

Northwestern University has come up with an innovative way to educate future doctors about Alzheimer's.  By pairing the students with an Alzheimer's patient, the patient gives the student direct, hands-on experience with the disease.  The approach is called The Buddy Program.

I love this approach!  It is simple and meaningful.  It allows the patients to contribute in a way which may benefit others in the future.  It allows the medical students to put a face and personal experiences to Alzheimer's and other related dementias.  It is one thing to read about the symptoms of the disease.  It is another thing entirely to have someone sitting next to you living those symptoms.


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