Medical students wrap up year of learning with senior mentors

June 14, 2011
Med Students And Seniors

IN THE NEWS: Southern California Public Radio’s KPCC-FM covered the conclusion of a program that teamed first-year UC Irvine medical school students with senior citizens. The goal of the grant-funded program is to shatter misconceptions that med students might have about caring for older adults.

Student Nina Nirasimhalu was paired with 96-year-old Dominic Cestoni, an Italian immigrant with several health issues.

“He made a point to emphasize to us, like, just to be able to listen to the older patients, to be able to be kind and caring and just being genuine with them and just taking the time to listen to them,” Nirasimhalu says. “And so I feel like the program really drove that point home to me.”

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