Serendip is an independent site partnering with faculty at multiple colleges and universities around the world. Happy exploring!

You are here

Midterm Project

kpalacios's picture


omentz's picture

I really appreciate how you addressed so many different parts of medical school in this project, from early admissions pieces like the MCAT all the way through residency. I think doing that makes it very clear in your work the scope of this problem, and that disabled people will face numerous challenges in medical school and residency, not just in one stage of the process. I also love that you brought in the idea of patient centered work/bringing in patients to talk about their stories, because I think it's really important for med students to be hearing patient experiences, rather than a doctor's opinion on what a patient is feeling/dealing with. It's so easy for doctors to miss things, even ones with good intentions. I also think one thing you touch on throughout with project that's really important is that opening doors to disabled medical students will also improve care for disabled patients, because it will give them a chance to connect with disabled providers. It's also true that if a physical space is inaccessible, that will hurt both the disabled patient and the disabled provider. In my opinion, we should be talking about increasing access in institutions like medical schools as something that will raise standards of care in the long run, which I think your project supports. I've also heard a lot of stories of med students getting diagnosed with chronic conditions while in med school, and how they're often dismissed or told that they have medical student syndrome, which might be an interesting thing to consider if you ever want to continue this project. But overall, I think you did a great job of providing a scope for the topic/talking about why it's important, and how access barriers exist at every level of medical education. 

smukhtar's picture

I really appreciated you bringing such important topics to llight in your midterm project. As a pre-health student, its very evident that many aspects of obtaining a medical education are exclusive of diabled students. Being a medical student requires so much physical labor and there are not much accomodations to allow disabled students to be afford equal oppurtunities. At the same time, I think you brought about an important point that the medical education in itself can perpetuate harm to disabled people and many other groups by teaching on the basis of racial or ability-determinants of health. This is harmful because future physicains are learning that treatment varies between groups in certain case when it can be detrimental to differentiate. Instead, medical school curriculums should be based on cultural competency, patient centered conditions, and curriculum on disability conditions as you were discussing. Being able to learn how to connect and care for diabled patients is such a critical need in medicine and I hope that this is implemented in the future.