Western University’s Intergenerational Gala encourages medical students to explore a career in underserved area of geriatric medicine

Western University’s eleventh annual Intergenerational Gala pairs first and second year medical students from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry with “dates” from Grand Wood Park Apartments & Retirement Residence, giving students unique insight into an underserved and growing population in Canada – seniors.

On Sunday, May 24, the student and senior couples will dance and dine the night away at the Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Patricia Corcoran, a resident at Grand Wood, who attended the Intergenerational Gala for the first time in 2014, believes the students benefit greatly from the event.

“I think this event opens the eyes of some of the young people to things like memory loss, which affects the conversation,” said Corcoran. “Something as simple as sitting down to a meal with strangers will help them learn how to get to know their patients.”

The Intergenerational Gala is designed to inspire medical students to learn more about seniors and understand the people and lives behind the conditions they study in class. The evening gives students a personal look into the lives of their dates, encouraging them to consider a career in geriatric medicine.

Organized by Emily Ballantyne and Jessica Sennet, Medicine Class of 2017, and Tanis Siddique, General Manager, Grand Wood Park Apartments & Retirement Residences, the “Evening in Paris”-themed event features dinner, dancing and live entertainment by the Schulich Choir and performers from the Nostalgic Theatre.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tristan Joseph, Media Relations Officer, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, 519-661-2111 ext. 80387, c: 519-777-1573, tristan.joseph@schulich.uwo.ca

ON-SITE CONTACT: Tanis Siddique, General Manager, Grand Wood Park Apartments & Retirement Residences, 519-432-1162, tsiddique@regallc.com

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