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Medical Schools' Willingness to Accommodate Medical Students with Sensory and Physical Disabilities: Ethical Foundations of a Functional Challenge to “Organic” Technical Standards

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Title
Medical Schools' Willingness to Accommodate Medical Students with Sensory and Physical Disabilities: Ethical Foundations of a Functional Challenge to “Organic” Technical Standards
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AMA Journal of Ethics, October 2016
DOI 10.1001/journalofethics.2016.18.10.medu1-1610
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Abstract

Students with sensory and physical disabilities are underrepresented in medical schools despite the availability of assistive technologies and accommodations. Unfortunately, many medical schools have adopted restrictive "organic" technical standards based on deficits rather than on the ability to do the work. Compelling ethical considerations of justice and beneficence should prompt change in this arena. Medical schools should instead embrace "functional" technical standards that permit accommodations for disabilities and update their admissions policies to promote applications from qualified students with disabilities. Medical schools thus should focus on what students with disabilities can do, rather than what they cannot do, because these students further diversify the health care profession and improve our ability to care for an expanding population of patients with disabilities.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 30 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 17%
Student > Bachelor 5 17%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 13%
Professor 3 10%
Researcher 3 10%
Other 8 27%
Unknown 2 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 10 33%
Nursing and Health Professions 5 17%
Psychology 3 10%
Computer Science 2 7%
Social Sciences 2 7%
Other 2 7%
Unknown 6 20%