Alzheimer's buddy program pairs patients, students

A retired Chicago physician and educator is getting a bittersweet last chance to teach about medicine. This time Dr. Dan Winship is the subject.

He's 80 and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Winship is among patients in a buddy program that gives a close-up look at a disease they'll likely see often in their careers.

Alzheimer's affects millions nationwide and the numbers are expected to keep rising.

Northwestern University is among a handful of medical schools that run Alzheimer buddy programs. Students and socialize often and get to know each other during the school year.

Winship is paired with first-year med student Jared Worthington. He says the best part is just getting to hang out together.


Explore further

Some medical schools offering accelerated training

© 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Citation: Alzheimer's buddy program pairs patients, students (2014, March 4) retrieved 19 October 2019 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-alzheimer-buddy-pairs-patients-students.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more