Pediatric Outreach Program (POP) matches medical students with chronicallyill children and their siblings in the St. Louis community. A two-year commitment, POP is an excellent service opportunity that makes a real difference in your “buddy’s” life, while also offering an excuse to explore kid-friendly places like the zoo, Science Center, or City Museum. My buddy is an 11-yearold girl whose sister (who is matched with another student) has leukemia. Meeting up with our buddies once a month gives the girls’ family a short break, lets the girls have fun, and gives us insight into the impact illness has on families’ lives.
— Jordan C., M1