Continuing Education Opportunities

Medical School Project

Starting in the fall of 2007, Friend for Life volunteers began participating in the training of first-year students at the University of Louisville Medical School. Coordinated by Dr. Amy Holthouser, students participate in a series of small group sessions called Interdisciplinary Clinical Conferences (ICCs). One day each fall, one or more Friend for Life volunteers join one of these ICCs to share their experiences with the students and faculty mentors. The project has been extremely well received by students, faculty and FFL volunteers. Twenty-three FFL volunteers participated in this project in 2009.

It was a great experience - I had a wonderful group of new students who asked questions and practiced their listening skills. This program is awesome - to begin it with new med students is a superb idea. They have promise to be great compassionate doctors. We need many of those. Thanks for asking for my participation. I would love to participate next year. - Friend for Life volunteer

This was a great way to introduce students to interviewing patients, especially on difficult/emotional topics. - University of Louisville faculty

I really liked watching the person tell their story. I found it very emotional and something that will stay with me for a long time....I feel I learned that the most important thing is to primarily focus on your patient, and always speak about their ailment with them. It's a very important thing to do to maintain that patient's trust. - University of Louisville medical school student

Galen College of Nursing Project

In the fall of 2009, Friend for Life volunteers will begin participating in a similar project with Galen College of Nursing, to take place each quarter with nursing students in their fourth quarter of the program, when they focus on oncology.