New UMMS Best Buddies chapter highlighted on Charter TV3

By Lisa M. Larson

UMass Medical School Communications

May 13, 2014

The new Best Buddies chapter at UMass Medical School is helping to forge friendships between medical and nursing students and Worcester area adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, according to a segment that aired May 12 on Charter TV3 Worcester News Tonight.

“I really enjoy spending time with John [Lauria] and this program gives us an opportunity to connect in ways that we may not have had,” said third-year medical student Salim Zerriny, in an interview with TV3’s Colleen Bamford.

The chapter was founded last fall by UMMS medical students Justin Pespisa and Victoria Winslow. Both aspiring doctors had relished friendships they made through Best Buddies programs in high school and college, and wanted to offer their fellow students the same opportunities.

Watch the full report, below.
UMass Medical School students enjoy their new Best Buddies (begins at marker 6:50)
Charter TV3 News – May 12, 2014

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