Health Sciences (HSS) Buddy Program: Evaluation of its First Year

Title: Health Sciences (HSS) Buddy Program: Evaluation of its First Year
Authors: Abdul-Fattah, Mostafa
Hafizi, Rita
Abdul-Fattah, Hiba
Gulati, Sonia
Deonandan, Raywat
Date: 2014-08
Abstract: In the 2011-2012 academic year, the HSS Buddy Program pilot project was implemented in the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. Intended to address rising student anxiety levels, the program teamed freshmen (first year) students with groups of older students to promote more instances of casual social interaction. Participants’ perceptions of the program were universally positive in terms of how enjoyable it was, its usefulness, and its relevance to student needs. Suggested improvements include recruiting of more male participants, liaising with school administrators to help avoid scheduling conflicts, starting the program earlier in the academic year, and forming social groups with fewer students. Overall, the approach undertaken by the Buddy Program was seen to be a valuable one worthy of continuation and growth.
CollectionRevue interdisciplinaire des sciences de la santé // Interdisciplinary Journal of Health Sciences
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