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date: 30 June 2022

Inclusive Medicine and Medical Education: Increasing the Number of Clinicians With Disabilitieslocked

Inclusive Medicine and Medical Education: Increasing the Number of Clinicians With Disabilitieslocked

  • Kristina Petersen, Kristina PetersenBiochemistry & Molecular Biology, New York Medical College
  • Zoie Sheets, Zoie SheetsUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
  • Satendra Singh, Satendra SinghUniversity College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi; Doctors with Disabilities: Agents of Change
  • Zina Jawadi, Zina JawadiDavid Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
  • Dawn MichaelDawn MichaelFamily Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School
  •  and Lisa MeeksLisa MeeksFamily Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School

Summary

For two decades, leaders in medical education have emphasized the importance of increasing diversity within the physician workforce to better reflect the general population, including people with disabilities. Historically, the barriers in medical education for the inclusion of learners with disabilities have been many. As we progress through the early 21st century, researchers are seeking to reduce or eliminate these barriers to improve access to medical school education by readily putting forth the value of disability as diversity. Inclusive and accessible learning environments for those with disabilities benefit all learners. Carrying these findings into the healthcare profession brings further evidence to show the concordance between patients and physicians with disabilities through the lived experiences of being a patient with increased empathy and patient-focused care. With the inclusion of learners and practitioners with disabilities, their lived experiences, and allies contributing to the environments and standards in medical education and the medical profession, significant contributions for equitable opportunities and improvements can be made that ultimately benefit all.

Subjects

  • Behavioral Science & Health Education

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