Episode 131: Disabilities in Medicine with Drs. Meeks, Brookman and Fitzsimons

In this 131st episode I welcome Drs. Meeks, Brookman and Fitzsimons to the show to discuss what it means to be a resident with a disability, what needs to be done to assure adequate and legal accommodations for these trainees, and why it’s important to do so.

References:

Meeks LM, Herzer KR. Prevalence of self-disclosed disability among medical students in US allopathic medical schools. Jama. 2016 Dec 6;316(21):2271-2. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2589334 

Meeks, L.M., & Jain, N.R. (2018). Accessibility, inclusion, and action in medical education: Lived experiences of learners and physicians with disabilities. Washington, D.C.: Association of American Medical Colleges. 

Meeks, L.M., Herzer, K., & Jain, N.R. (2018). Removing barriers and facilitating access: Increasing the number of physicians with disabilities (Invited Commentary).Academic Medicine, 93(4), 540-543. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000002112 https://bit.ly/2Gyx53x 

Meeks, L.M., & Jain, N.R. (2018). Accessibility, inclusion, and action in medical education: Lived experiences of learners and physicians with disabilities. Washington, D.C.: Association of American Medical Colleges. https://store.aamc.org/accessibility-inclusion-and-action-in-medical-education-lived-experiences-of-learners-and-physicians-with-disabilities.html 

Meeks LM, Jain NR. The guide to assisting students with disabilities: equal access in health science and professional education. Springer Publishing Company; 2015 Aug 13. https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=a1LSCgAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PP1&dq=Meeks+LM&ots=uXnapo3t_7&sig=2HN6lTPwBo7G9VdlXht9cIccrXg#v=onepage&q=Meeks%20LM&f=false 

Fitzsimons MG, Brookman JC, Arnholz SH, Baker K. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and successful completion of anesthesia residency: a case report. Academic Medicine. 2016 Feb 1;91(2):210-4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26244258 

Schwarz CM, Zetkulic M. You Belong in the Room: Addressing the Underrepresentation of Physicians With Physical Disabilities. Academic Medicine. 2019;94(1):17-9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30157092 

AAMC Webinars on Disability. https://www.aamc.org/members/gsa/pdopportunities/427068/archivedwebinars.html

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