The Parkinson’s Buddy Program

Buddy program, with medical student

What is the Buddy Program:

The Buddy Program is an educational program that pairs first-year medical students with people diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.   Buddies are  matched for one calendar year, and are asked to meet for approximately 2-3 hours a month.

The program aims to:

  • Educate medical students on Parkinson’s and neurological disease
  • Help students understand the day to day issues faced by individuals living with Parkinson’s
  • Introduce students to research and career opportunities in neurology and movement disorders
  • Provide people with Parkinson’s the opportunity to interact and help educate the medical community

Who Can Participate:

Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease:

  • Individuals that have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and are at any stage in the disease
  • Individuals with an interest and time commitment to interact with medical students each month
  • Individuals that can either get around on their own or have a caregiver that can provide assistance

Medical Students:

  • Students entering their first year at the University of Louisville Medical School
  • Students with an interest in interacting and learning more about patients with Parkinson’s
  • Students who can commit 2-3 hours a month to spend with their buddies and 1 hour per quarter for mentor sessions with the Medical School Liaison, Dr. Kathrin LaFaver.

  *Please note that this is an educational program and students are not able to give medical advice




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