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MD student visiting a pediatric patient at the Floating Hospital

Kids in Care at The Floating Hospital & Tufts School of Medicine Student Allies (KICKS!)

Who We Are: KICKS! is a group of student volunteers at Tufts University School of Medicine committed to making the hospital a friendlier, more inviting place for children.

What We Do: Since 1988, KICKS! has partnered students with patients and their families at the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology clinic for one-on-one mentoring relationships. When a child is in the hospital we are their sidekick! During regular clinic visits and in-patient stays, Tufts medical students act as strong allies, providing comfort, familiarity, and fun. We do not participate in a medical capacity; instead, we are a friendly face at the hospital, here to support each child in our program. Additionally, we participate in events organized through the hospital (e.g., Trick-or-Treating at the Floating Hospital, the Hematology/Oncology Holiday Party) and host lunch talks at the medical school. Through KICKS, medical students with an interest in pediatric care gain a deeper understanding of the pediatric patient experience.

Who Joins KICKS!: All kids (ages 3-21) in treatment at The Floating Hospital are eligible to join. The nature of the mentor relationship varies with the age, personality, and needs of each child. For older children, Tufts medical students offer peer support, and for the younger ones, students serve as a friend and playmate throughout treatment."