Disability in Medicine Mentorship Program (apply now)

Stanford Medicine Alliance for Disability Inclusion and Equity (SMADIE)* is thrilled to announce the official launch, coming in February 2022, of our Disability in Medicine Mentorship Program. Stanford is accepting applications for the program and hope all those interested will apply! 

*Previously named Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition (SMAC).

The SMADIE Disability in Medicine Mentorship Program is open to the public and follows our year-long Disability in Medicine Mentorship Pilot Program (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), which met monthly (Jan 2021- Jan 2022) to discuss various dimensions of disability and the experiences of people with disabilities in medicine.

The SMADIE Disability in Medicine Mentorship meetings will occur monthly, on the third Wednesday of each month, as did the pilot program. Each meeting will center around a particular theme and feature a guest speaker or facilitator with expertise in that topic. Meetings typically include both small-group conversations and main room discussions.

To maintain program coherence and organization we ask that everyone interested apply to participate using the following survey link. All responses are confidential. The application is brief and should take less than 5 minutes.

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.

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