Disability in Medicine Stanford Alumni Panel

Don't miss the Disability in Medicine Stanford Alumni Panel on October 20, 2021, co-sponsored by SMAC, the Stanford Medicine Alumni Association, and the Department of Pediatrics.

These alums living with disability and chronic illness break down misconceptions and challenge conventional wisdom. 

Wednesday, October 20

5 PM-6:30 PM PDT
Live virtual event by Zoom

Moderator: Dr. Peter Poullos

Dr. Cheri Blauwet ‘09: Harvard Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Paralympian
Dr. Blake Charlton ‘13: Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute Interventional Cardiologist; Novelist
Dr. Sharon Drost ‘02: Stanford-educated and trained Adult Neurologist; Medical Advisory Board Member of Doximity
Dr. Maite Van Hentenryck ‘21: Pediatrics resident; co-founder of Medical Students with Disability and Chronic Illness (MSDCI)

Cosponsored by the Stanford Medicine Alumni Association and the Department of Pediatrics

Register here

Medical Students with Disabilities and Chronic Illness (MSDCI)

Medical Students with Disability and Chronic Illness (MSDCI) unites and empowers medical students through advocacy, mentorship, education and community building while using our collective power towards advancing the improvement of health care for the disabled community. 

MDCI is committed to supporting current and future medical students with disability and chronic illness, addressing the needs of the disability community and increasing disability awareness and appreciation, cultural competency, and social consciousness amongst medical practitioners.

MSDCI Chapters represent communities based at allopathic and osteopathic medical schools across the country.

Learn more here: https://msdci.org/

Journal article: Eliminate Mental Health Questions on Applications for Medical Licensure

This 2020 American Journal of Medicine article is titled, "Eliminate Mental Health Questions on Applications for Medical Licensure." In this commentary, the author addresses the following points:

  • Why State Medical Boards Should Remove Mental Health Questions on Licensure Applications
  • Lack of Connection Between Mental Disorders and Clinical Competence
  • Misunderstanding About Mental Disorders and Definitional Terms
  • The Problem of Institutional Policies

Lawson ND. Eliminate Mental Health Questions on Applications for Medical Licensure. Am J Med. 2020 Oct;133(10):1118-1119. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2020.04.011. Epub 2020 May 19. PMID: 32442509.

Register now: 2nd Annual Stanford Conference on Disability in Healthcare and Medicine

The 2nd Annual Conference on Disability in Healthcare and Medicine will be held on:

April 10, 2021


8:00 am - 6:00pm Pacific Time

Interactive Webinar

Learn more about this upcoming event here:


The conference goals are:
•  Supporting students and healthcare providers with disabilities
•  Training healthcare providers to better care for patients with disabilities
•  Research into the intersection of providers and patients with disabilities

Target audience:
•  Medical students and medical doctors
•  Nursing students and nurses
•  PA students and PA’s
•  All other interested healthcare providers and allies

JAMA Netw Open Article: Estimated Prevalence of US Physicians With Disabilities

Don't miss this JAMA Netw Open article: Estimated Prevalence of US Physicians With Disabilities

The survey study represents the first systematic report of the prevalence and characteristics of practicing physicians with disabilities using data from the Association of American Medical Colleges 2019 National Sample Survey of Physicians.

The survey allowed physicians to self-disclose their disabilities from a list of 8 possible disability categories using the Americans With Disabilities Act definition. 

The disability category most commonly reported was chronic health conditions (54 [30.1%]; 95% CI, 23.3%-36.9%), followed by mobility (51 [28.4%]; 95% CI, 21.7%-35.1%), psychological (25 [14.2%]; 95% CI, 9.0%-19.4%), other disabilities (eg, essential tremors: 24 [13.4%]; 95% CI, 8.3%-18.4%), hearing (22 [12.1%]; 95% CI, 7.3%-17.0%), adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (19 [10.4%]; 95% CI, 5.9%-14.9%), visual (14 [7.8%]; 95% CI, 3.8%-11.8%), and learning (5 [2.6%]; 95% CI, 0.2%-4.9%). Multiple disabilities (eg, hearing and mobility) were reported by 28 physicians (15.7%; 95% CI, 10.3%-21.1%).

This study used a representative sample of 6000 physicians, 178 of whom (3.1%; 95% CI, 2.6%-3.5%) self-identified as having a disability. 

Nouri Z, Dill MJ, Conrad SS, Moreland CJ, Meeks LM. Estimated Prevalence of US Physicians With Disabilities. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(3):e211254. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.1254