TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A new mentoring program will team older adults with medical students at Oklahoma State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine to help develop the students' interpersonal skills.
The program is part of a new curriculum starting this fall. Nancy Van Winkle, a professor of behavioral health at OSU, says that by interacting with a senior mentor, students will develop skills to help them be better physicians. She says the program cultivates interpersonal and clinical skills, which are important for building relationships with patients.
During the fall semester, students will meet with their senior mentor twice to learn about each other and discuss perspectives on the health care system.
The program is currently looking for healthy volunteers who are at least 65 years old to be paired with OSU's medical students.