'Pals' - A medical student public service program

Judy L Schaechter, E. H. Canning

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We designed a public service and educational program to aid children and families coping with chronic illness and to augment medical student education. Medical students developed relationships with chronically ill children and families based on the Big Brother-Big Sister program model. In addition, students attended bimonthly seminars on childhood chronic illness and family dynamics. Medical students learned about the psychosocial aspects of illness through these relationships and reported that the program contributed to their sense of worth as caregivers. By fostering students' innate altruism, medical schools may succeed in cultivating caring and humanism in their student physicians. We propose a model that encourages medical students to relate personally with patients and their families. A program such as this has the potential to nurture compassion in medical students, contribute to medical education, and provide support to patients and families.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)390-392
Number of pages3
JournalWestern Journal of Medicine
Volume161
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1994
Externally publishedYes

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Medical Students
Chronic Disease
Students
Medical Education
Siblings
Humanism
Altruism
Foster Home Care
Family Relations
Medical Schools
Caregivers
Physicians

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'Pals' - A medical student public service program. / Schaechter, Judy L; Canning, E. H.

In: Western Journal of Medicine, Vol. 161, No. 4, 01.12.1994, p. 390-392.

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Schaechter, Judy L ; Canning, E. H. / 'Pals' - A medical student public service program. In: Western Journal of Medicine. 1994 ; Vol. 161, No. 4. pp. 390-392.
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