"PALS" Program

The PALS Program-
A medical school class which offers a unique learning experience

Program description

    Pals at the Halloween party in 2005.    

'Pals' is a unique educational program designed to aid children and families coping with chronic illness and to augment medical student education. 'Pals' includes kids between the ages of 3-17 referred by their LPCH social worker or medical provider. Medical students participating in 'Pals' develop relationships with chronically ill children based on the Big Brother/Big Sister program model. In addition, students attend bi-monthly seminars focusing on childhood chronic illness and family dynamics. The goals of the program are to nurture compassion in new medical students and provide mentoring and support to children. Students receive class credit for their participation. The duration of this program is the academic year September through May.

Medical student with PAL at the 2007 Halloween Party.

If you are a STUDENT and want to join the program for 2010, PALS preference forms need to submitted to the PALS TA by Sept. 17th, 2010. (2010 PALS Student Preference Form)

If you are a PAL (or would like to refer a PAL), PALS referral forms need to be submitted to the PALS Social Workers/Program Coordinators by Sept. 17th, 2010.   We're actively looking for PALS so please sign up!!
(2010 PALS Referral Form)


Medical Student Coordinators and Teaching Assistants:
Tope Lanre-Amos tamos@stanford.edu
Vivian Li   vvli@stanford.edu

Faculty Advisor:

William Berquist, M.D. berquist@stanford.edu

Social Workers/Program Coordinators:

Lindsey Martins, MSW

Heather Zarrilli, LCSW



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