Top 10 Policies and Practice Recommendations for Disability Access in Health Professions Education

About the Seminar

In a 2019 study, 4.6% of medical students reported disabilities, nearly a 70% increase from a similar study conducted in 2016. Among those students, 93% reported receiving accommodations during their time at their chosen institutions.

In a world forever changed, students with pre-existing disabilities have been disproportionately affected by COVID. The pandemic has also left previously unaffected students with new onsets of mental health conditions that may qualify as a disability.

A commitment to inclusion requires health professions education programs to first adhere to multiple laws that govern inclusion of students with visible and invisible disabilities, and second, to be thoughtful and purposeful in their approach to the full inclusion of these individuals. This is best accomplished via the policies and practices that these programs adopt which reflect law and rights.

The Strategic Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) is pleased to welcome Lisa Meeks, Ph.D., for a virtual workshop entitled “The Top 10 Policies and Practice Recommendations for Disability Access in Health Professions Education,” on Friday, Nov. 5, from 9-11 a.m. EDT. A visiting associate professor of psychiatry and family medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and co-author of “Accessibility, Inclusion, and Action in Medical Education,” Dr. Meeks helps to guide policy and best practice in disability inclusion for health professions education and practice.

Informed by the Office for Civil Rights resolutions, the Americans with Disabilities Act, progressive clinical practices, and recent litigation cases that have occurred across the United States, this talk will present the 10 policy and procedure items that are critical to creating an inclusive environment for students matriculating through a health professions program.

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A Zoom meeting link will be sent to registrants approximately 48 hours before the event. NOTE: All registrants will be entered for a giveaway of Dr. Meeks’ latest book, “Equal Access for Students with Disabilities.” If you wish, you may purchase your own copy of the book for a discounted rate by clicking here and using discount code BOOKCLUB25.

Who Should Attend

Higher education administrators; department directors and chairs; faculty; disability resource professionals; preceptors; and clinical site coordinators for educational programs in medicine, dentistry, nursing, radiography, medical sonography, pharmacy, dental hygiene, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, respiratory therapy, and more.

About the Presenter

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Photo of Presenter, Lisa Meeks, Ph.D., M.A.

Lisa M. Meeks, Ph.D., M.A.

Dr. Lisa Meeks is an expert in disabilities in medical education. As an administrative leader and researcher, she is helping to inform policy and best practice in the area of disability inclusion for health professions education, training and practice. Her research interests include: Improving access to health professions education for learners with disabilities, medical student and resident well-being, reducing health care disparities in patients with disabilities, and the performance and trajectory of learners and physicians with disabilities. Her work has been published in the NEJM, Lancet, JAMA, and Academic Medicine and featured on NPR, in the Washington Post, CNBC, Bloomberg Law, and AAMC News. Dr. Meeks is the co-founder and past president of the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education, co-developer of both the AAMC Disability Webinar Series. She has edited and authored the leading books on the topic, including “Disability as Diversity, the casebook companion,” and “Equal Access for Students with Disabilities: The Guide for Health Science and Professional Education, Second Edition.” She is also the lead author of the AAMC Special Report: Accessibility, Inclusion, and Action in Medical Education: Lived Experiences of Learners and Physicians with Disabilities, co-creator of the social media campaign #DocsWithDisabilities, host of the Docs With Disabilities Podcast, and key facilitator of the Equal Access Book Club.

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Friday, November 5, 2021, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM


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SOCHE Members $25
Non-members $30
Students $15

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