Accessibility, Inclusion, and Action in Medical Education: Lived Experiences of Learners and Physicians with Disabilities

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Accessibility, Inclusion, and Action in Medical Education: Lived Experiences of Learners and Physicians with Disabilities

Identifying cultural and structural barriers and catalyzing institutional policies that support all qualified learners, regardless of disability, throughout the medical education continuum is a worthy and essential goal. This publication weaves together major themes from interviews conducted with 47 students, residents, and physicians with disabilities.

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This report provides medical school faculty, advisors and administrators with promising practices to help ensure that all qualified learners, regardless of disability, have equal access to medical education and the profession of medicine.



To capture the current state of disability in medical education, the AAMC and the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine partnered to publish a report drawn from the lived experiences of learners with disabilities. The report highlights key considerations that leaders in academic medicine can implement to increase meaningful access for learners with disabilities, including:

  • Incorporate considerations for individuals with disabilities into all diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Designate and resource disability providers who are knowledgeable about medical integration
  • Integrate best practices in disability as well as accessible and respectful language into curricula and pedagogy
  • Take a universal design approach to both physical space and learner activities and experience
  • Normalize help-seeking behaviors and facilitate access to wellness services
  • Provide ongoing professional development for faculty and staff



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Number of Pages 54
Year Published 2018