(Story archived from Nov. 28) Is the heat too hot to handle? Come and enjoy a “Gotta Have Sunny Ice Cream Float” and support the first year medical students in their “Sunny Buddies” Community Health Group.
Sunny Buddies is a project at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) in which our MD students are paired up with their “Buddies”– adults with intellectual disabilities, who teach our students a different perspective of medicine through sharing various activities and outings together. The partnership also helps the “Buddies” get much-needed social interaction in a safe friendly environment.
This year’s participants include MS-1 Chih-Wei Chang, who is paired with his Buddy, a 44 year-old man. They have already had outings for lunches, to see movies, and to throw Frisbees. “We’re hoping to gather everyone’s buddies (a total of 6) and do a big outing by the end of next semester to celebrate with them,” said Chang. The funds raised through the “Float” sales will help!
Come to Kulia Grill this Wednesday, November 28, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.
More about Sunny Buddies:
In 1998, Dr. Melissa Bloom started Sunny Buddies while she was a first-year medical student, and now she serves as faculty advisor. Lori Lutu from Easter Seals Hawai`i provides valuable insight into developing interpersonal skills between the MS1′s and their buddies. Kenton Kramer of the Office of Medical Education is also an adviser to the “Buddies” program.