Sunday, August 29, 2010

Disabled medical student sues medical school for dismissal

Here's the story (from

LINCOLN — A medical student who suffers from depression has won the right to sue the University of Nebraska Medical Center and faculty members over his dismissal from school.

The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday that the student, identified only as John Doe, should be allowed to pursue his claim that UNMC and its staff violated his rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act in their decision to dismiss him for failing grades and lack of professionalism.

The judges stated that while they could not say that Doe’s dismissal from school “lacked a rational basis,” they ruled that he should be given his day in court.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Resources for Disabled, Impaired or Reentering Physicians

There's a great list of online resources for Disabled, Impaired or Reentering Physicians on the ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) website. Although the information is on the ACOG website, most of the links are relevant for physicians and others who are not OB/GYNs.

The list contains 3 sections:
  1. Disability Organizations
  2. Reentry or Returning to Practice Resources
  3. Organizations Offering Non-clinical Career Opportunities
I hope they'll include and the Society of Physicians with Non-Clinical Careers (SPNCC) under category #3.

I also hope they'll include the Society of Disabled Physicians under category #1.

To view the resource list on the ACOG website, click here.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

High court opens the door for a disabled student to become a doctor

This story is from The Times of India (Mumbai)

HC orders admission of disabled boy to MBBS

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Wednesday came to the rescue of a 19-year-old disabled student aspiring to be a doctor. Rapping the state government for its casual approach towards the plight of disabled students, a division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice S C Dharmadhikari directed the state to provide provisional admission to Kurla resident Tarique Khan in the MBBS course.

Three per cent of the seats are reserved for disabled candidates. As per guidelines issued by the Medical Council of India, physically challenged candidates with locomotory disability of lower limbs to the extent of 70 % are eligible for health science courses.

Read more here.
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