Friday, March 14, 2014

2014 AMA CMA BMA International Conference on Physician Health

Mark your calendars for the 2014 AMA CMA BMA International Conference on Physician Health

Monday 15 – Wednesday 17 September 2014

The 2014 International Conference on Physician Health will focus on the major transitions in the life of a doctor. The International Conference on Physician Health (ICPH) is co-hosted by the American Medical Association (AMA), the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the British Medical Association (BMA).

Professional milestones are mirrored by personal developments and challenges, from medical student through to retirement.

The conference will consider these transitions and their effect on doctors' health including both physical and emotional well being and personal resilience.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Deaf 4th year medical student leveraging technology resources at the UC Davis School of Medicine

Here is a video showing you the story of Amanda Mooneyham who is profoundly deaf and is in her 4th year of medical school at the UC Davis School of Medicine:

Amanda Mooneyham, who is profoundly deaf, has employed technology, lip reading and interpreters to take full advantage of her medical education. Now in her fourth year at UC Davis School of Medicine, she also recently completed a master's degree in public health plans a career in family medicine.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Deaf medical student's fight against a medical school: Argenyi v. Creighton University

You may have heard of this case that began in 2009: Argenyi v. Creighton University, 703 F.3d 441 (8th Cir. 2013).

The Federal District Court finally made a judgment back on December 19, 2013. You can read the summary of his case here.

Michael Argenyi was a medical student at Creighton University Medical School in Nebraska. He has profound hearing loss and he claims the school was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act because it did not provide him with interpreters and a real time captioning service known as CART.

Here is a video demonstrating CART in the operating room:

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Medical Students with Disabilities on Facebook

There is a Facebook page for medical students with disabilities and you can find it here. It appears that the page was last updated in 2011, so we hope that the administrators of the page will start posting on the page again.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Does your medical school have a Disability Officer?

Every medical school has an administrative department that deals with students who have disabilities. However, you may need to check with your medical school to see if it has a formal Disability Officer. In many schools, the Human Resources department handles issues pertaining to physical or learning disabilities.

At Mount Sinai, they have a Disability Officer and here is their description:
The Disability Officer works with all Icahn School of Medicine students in both the Medical School and the Graduate School to facilitate equal access for students with disabilities by coordinating reasonable accommodations through a variety of support services (ie: access modification, learning related technology, extended test times). 
The goal of Mount Sinai's Disability Services is to provide a physically and educationally accessible educational environment so that each student is viewed on the basis of ability, not disability. Individually designed accommodation plans and services are determined based on the documented needs of each student in conjunction with their program requirements and are created to match the specific disability-related need of each student with those program requirements in mind.
You can read more here.
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