How Should We Build Disability-Inclusive Medical School Admissions?

Lisa M. Meeks, Christopher Moreland

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Students with disabilities add rich diversity to medical education and help motivate health equity. Unjust obstacles faced by many of these students along pathways to medicine begin during medical school admissions. Deeply embedded ableist notions of what it means to be a physician keep archaic practices in place that serve as systemic barriers to the admission of members of this population. This article summarizes the prominent obstacles for applicants with disabilities and suggests ways in which thoughtful, inclusive admission policies and practices can ultimately contribute to a clinical workforce that is more appropriately diverse and prepared to provide just and patient-centered health care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)987-994
Number of pages8
JournalAMA Journal of Ethics
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy

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