Student Ambassador Program (BU ADC)
The Student Ambassador Program at the Boston University Alzheimer's Disease Center (BU ADC) was established as a Boston University School of Medicine service-learning program. The program's objectives are to educate students about Alzheimer's disease and related cognitive impairments, improve students’ communication skills with older adults and cognitively impaired individuals, educate students about culturally diverse communities, and recruit African Americans into BU ADC research studies.
Members of the Student Ambassador Program are required to participate in outreach and recruitment events or activities, monthly informative meetings, at least one Community Action Council meeting, at least one ADC lecture, and pre- and post-program dementia knowledge tests. Students are given formal training in the administration and scoring of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, which they use at community screening events.
After completing the program, students submit a program evaluation and two-page reflection paper. Successful students receive a commendation letter signed by the ADC director and Outreach, Recruitment, and Education Core director that is placed in their medical school file.