Buddy Program

The Buddy Program is designed to pair UF Health neuromedicine patients with UF students for one semester. Students work collaboratively with patients in order to understand the health system from a patient’s perspective.

HSC 4930 is a 1-credit course is designed to facilitate the development of psychosocial skills and interpersonal awareness that will become invaluable as healthcare systems shift more and more toward person-centered care. Students will learn core concepts related to empathy, effective communication, mutual support, and other such topics. Students will also have the opportunity to apply appropriate social and communication skills when engaging with people with a neurological condition. The first pilot iteration of this program focuses on Multiple Sclerosis to expose pre-health students to patients with neuromuscular diseases at varying levels of disability.

If you would like more information about the Buddy Program, please contact nicap@health.ufl.edu.