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Alpert Medical School Goes to the Dogs


As exams bore down on Alpert medical students in December, some therapy was in order—dog therapy, that is. In recognition of the emotional benefits that animal companions provide, two medical student groups, Students for One Health and the Health and Wellness Initiative, cosponsored a visit at Alpert Medical School by four trained therapy dogs: Liberty and Independence, golden retrievers who visited with their handlers Tom and Helen Davis of Rehoboth, MA; Fletcher, a soft-coated wheaten terrier, with his handler, Fran O’Donnell of Providence; and Baxter, a Lhasa apso, whose owner, Lena Bohman ’18, helps run Brown Animal Assisted Therapy, which offers scheduled sessions with trained therapy animals for Brown students. No word on whether the friendly canines helped the med students do better on their tests, but there were surely a lot more smiles and laughter than on a usual pre-exam Friday.


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