The Interdisciplinary and Clinical Academic Program (ICAP) is seeking Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis patients to participate in the Neuromedicine Buddy Program course for the Spring 2020 semester. The Neuromedicine Buddy Program is a course offered to UF Pre-Health students that teaches them critical skills related to empathy, effective communication, mutual support, and other such topics. As a patient, you will be paired with and act as a mentor for two students. In the four month time frame, the students will facilitate four different encounters during which the patient is able to share their insights and experiences pertaining to their diagnosis. This mentor-mentee relationship will help to develop the student’s psychosocial skills and interpersonal awareness, two valuable skills to have as the healthcare system shifts toward a more patient-centered approach. The knowledge and experience that a student can gain from a patient far surpasses what they can be taught in a classroom setting. The course will last for one semester, however patient’s can remain in the program for as many semesters as they would like. Currently, we are accepting applications from patients with either Parkinson’s Disease or Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis.
For any questions or an application, please feel free to email NICAP@health.ufl.edu. The deadline for applications for the Spring 2020 semester will be December 16th, 2019.