Friday, November 30, 2012

JAN's Accommodating Employees in Health Care Settings

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.

In the JAN publication titled, "JAN's Accommodating Employees in Health Care Settings," the following example is given about a physician with a physical disability:

A physician with muscular dystrophy was having problems getting up from a seated position after consulting with patients. The individual was accommodated with a lift cushion for his chair.


JAN is one of several services provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Its development has been achieved through the collaborative efforts of ODEP, West Virginia University, and private industry throughout North America.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Lawsuit claims medical school violated Americans With Disabilities Act

There's a story on LJWorld.com that starts:

"An applicant to the Kansas University School of Medicine has filed a lawsuit against the school alleging she was denied admission because of a disability, in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Emily McCulley, who has been diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy and uses a wheelchair, originally was admitted to the medical school on Sept. 30, 2011, according to the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas."

You can read the full story here.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

2012 International Conference on Physician Health

The American Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Association and the British Medical Association, in conjunction with the Quebec Medical Association and the Quebec Physicians’ Health Program are organizing the 2012 AMA-CMA-BMA International Conference on Physician Health.

October 25 – 27, 2012
Le Westin Montréal Hotel
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The theme this year is “From Awareness to Action”.

Learn more about the 2012 International Conference on Physician Health here.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Improving the Employment of People with Disabilities Through Technology

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy will hold a live webcast called Accessibility and Emerging Technology – Keys to Improving the Employment of People with Disabilities on August 16, 2012 from 2 - 3 p.m. Eastern Time. During this free event, panelists will discuss their views on the challenges and opportunities of emerging technologies, cloud computing and mobile applications in the workplace. This event will be live audio-captioned and will feature a real-time Twitter feed with the hashtag #ATworks.

Learn more about this event here.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

St. Louis University medical school sued by former medical student with learning disability

Last week, a story appeared about a former medical student who was suing St. Louis University medical school. Here's a snippet from the story titled, "SLU is sued by ex-med student with learning disability":

St. Louis University's medical school is being sued by a former student with a learning disability who says he wasn't given enough time to complete tests.

The lawsuit, claiming violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, was filed last week in federal court in St. Louis on behalf of the student, who was identified as John Doe. The lawsuit says the student was kicked out of the SLU medical school after failing multiple timed tests required to progress through school.

The lawsuit says the student, who attended from 2002 to 2011, was diagnosed with dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in 2009. The student did well on course work, but earned multiple failing grades on a host of standard tests, according to the suit.

You can read more here.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Paid Speaker Opportunity: Physicians with Disabilities

There is an organization looking to recruit physicians with disabilities who are interested in working as a paid speaker.

Engagement description: Speaker willing to share his/her story about how a disability has affected their financial lives. Applicants can be disabled with or without adequate disability insurance in force at the time of disability. Applicant should enjoy public speaking and willing to share their emotional story.

Compensation: $300-$1000 per speaking engagement. Fee determined on a case by case basis

More details about this opportunity can be found here (this is only available to members of the Society of Healthcare Professionals with Disabilities. Membership is free).

Monday, April 16, 2012

When a medical student with a disability gets dismissed from school

Over the years, we have encountered a number of medical students with disabilities who have been dismissed from medical school. Some of these students have learned valuable lessons by going through both positive and negative experiences. Others have struggled alone, seeking to find information, advice, and guidance.

If you know anyone who could provide support, guidance, or assistance to medical students with disabilities, please let us know and contact us.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Physician with Bipolar Disorder Publishes Book About His Mental Illness

New Mexico Doctor and Author Announces His Book of Letters as a Doctor Suffering from Bipolar Disorder

Author, Benjamin Diven, M.D. is pleased to announce his book, Closing the Chasm: Letters from a Bipolar Physician to His Son. Closing the Chasm is a collection of letters written to Dr. Diven’s eldest son, Matt, that each portray an event or events or a discussion of events.

Las Cruces, NM, February 01, 2012 --(PR.com)-- What would it be like to be a physician with a major mental illness? Having all the challenges of medical practice complicated by moods that swung from high to low and back again. What if they were also struggling to be a husband and a father?

In this engaging and at times intimate look into life with bipolar disorder Dr. Diven offers insights into symptoms and problems living with this mental illness.

There are discussions of family life and near suicide, medications and therapy, and complications and successes. Sometimes comical and often serious vignettes of common experiences with other bipolar patients are explored or explained. Written in the form of letters to his eldest child the story is warmly personal while adding a professional's insight.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Share your story with other physicians who have disabilities

If you're a physician and you have a disability, you can share your story with others by joining the Society of Healthcare Professionals with Disabilities. Membership is complimentary and you can learn from others who have already started sharing their stories. You can read those stories here in the Forum Section.