webinar: Creating Accessible Medical School Admissions

The AAMC is pleased to present the webinar “Creating Accessible Medical School Admissions” on Wednesday, May 24,, 2023, 12:00 – 1:15 pm ET.

With the changing demographics of the United States, the medical profession is challenged to produce a workforce representative of the population, including the 26% identified as having a disability. While medical student representation has increased in recent years, active recruitment efforts rarely focus on students with disabilities.

To truly practice disability inclusion, medical schools must remove the first barrier to medical education—admission. Admissions barriers are partially grounded in ableism and include long-standing, systematic, and stereotyped beliefs about disability. Improving admissions processes for students with disabilities, curating an understanding of disability as a unique and necessary contributor to a diverse and inclusive workforce, and reducing ableist belief systems are the first steps towards a more inclusive physician workforce.

This webinar includes admissions leaders from across the country who will identify many of the barriers and belief systems for admissions and share how their institutions implement more inclusive admissions practices.


Deborah Berman, MD, Interim Dean for Admissions, University of Michigan Medical School; Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan Medical Center

Christina Grabowski, PhD, Associate Dean for Admissions and Enrollment Management and Associate Professor of Medical Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham Heersink School of Medicine

Charlene Green, PsyD, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Outreach, and Diversity, UC Davis School of Medicine

Lisa Meeks, PhD, Associate Professor, Learning Health Sciences and Family Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School; Executive Director, Docs With Disabilities Initiative 

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Mistreatment Of Physicians With Disabilities

This recent HealthAffairs article titled, "Patient And Coworker Mistreatment Of Physicians With Disabilities" highlights workplace mistreatment experienced by physicians with disabilities: https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/full/10.1377/hlthaff.2022.00502

Panel Discussion: Navigating an Academic Career with a Disability

Join Stanford Medicine Alliance Disability Inclusion Equity (SMADIE) and the Stanford Department of Medicine Diversity and Inclusion Council on this panel discussion:

Navigating an Academic Career With a Disability.

Monday, October 3

12 – 1 PM Pacific

Live virtual event by Zoom

Moderated by Holly Tabor, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee

with panelists

Joseph Garner D. Phil.

Professor of Comparative Medicine

Margarita Bekker

Assistant Manager. Interpretation and Translation Services

Suchi Rastogi PhD

Medical Student

Kevin Mintz PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioethics

Register here: Navigating an Academic Career With a Disability.

Reminder: Disability in Medicine Mentorship Program (SMADIE)

As a reminder, the Stanford Medicine Alliance for Disability Inclusion and Equity (SMADIE) offers an online virtual Disability in Medicine Mentorship Program. 

The SMADIE Disability in Medicine Mentorship Program is open to the public and is conducted in collaboration with Stanford Medicine Alliance for Disability Inclusion and Equity, Society for Physicians with Disabilities, and Medical Students with Disability and Chronic Illness.

The SMADIE Disability in Medicine Mentorship meetings will occur monthly, on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings typically include both small-group conversations and main room discussions.

Application link: https://bit.ly/34IrV2B

We hope that applicants/attendees will be able to make the majority of the monthly meetings to maximize the benefit for them and to give the group a sense of community and cohesion.

Research opportunity: surgeon ergonomics and occupational injury

UT Southwestern is conducting research on surgeon ergonomics in the operating room and risks for occupational injury or exacerbation. 

Madhuri Nagaraj, MD, MS