S.M.I.L.E. stands for Students Making It a Little Easier. It is a volunteer program in collaboration with Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, LSUHSC-NO School of Medicine, and the American Cancer Society. It is a “big buddy/little buddy” program in which 1st and 2nd year medical students are paired up with pediatric hematology/oncology patients throughout the entire school year. The goal of this program is for medical students to provide a support system for the patient and his/her family when the patient must come to clinic or be hospitalized at Children’s. In addition, there are periodic group parties hosted by SMILE at Children’s in which all of the patients and their big buddies are invited to come have fun together. Each party will have a special theme in accordance with upcoming holidays or regional events.
President: Hunter Waddell (email@example.com)
Vice-President: Shannon McDuff (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secretary: Tucker Doiron (email@example.com)
Treasurer: Hannah Lomzenski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Maria Velez-Yanguas