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Kids in Chronic Support

The Kids in Chronic Support Program (KICS) is a student-run organization designed to provide children and adolescents undergoing chronic care at New York Presbyterian Hospital an opportunity to form a close, consistent relationship with someone outside of their treatment team. The KICS program works with hematology and oncology patients and this year we expanded to neurosurgery, with plans to become involved with other specialties as well. The medical team interviews medical students and personally matches them with patients interested in having a buddy. Once a patient is matched, the student will make the initial contact with the patient during a clinic visit. The student will primarily keep the patient company during their clinic visits and inpatient stays by, but not limited to, hanging out, chatting, playing games, and watching movies. The family and patient can determine the student’s level of involvement. Student leadership opportunities are also available.