AAMC/UCSF SOM Lived Experience Project

Principal Investigators: Lisa Meeks, PhD, UCSF School of Medicine & Neera Jain, MS CRC University of Auckland

We invite you to participate in this research study to help the medical community understand barriers in medical training for individuals with disabilities, and to facilitate the supports that contribute to full access.

In partnership, the American Association for Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine are conducting a qualitative research study of physicians and learners (residents and medical students) with disabilities to better understand their lived experiences during medical training. All forms of disability (learning, psychological, physical, sensory, chronic health, and AD/HD) will be included in this research. The research will culminate in a joint AAMC/UCSF special report scheduled for release in 2017, as well as further scholarly publications.

If selected for the study, we will work with you to schedule a 2-hour comprehensive interview to take place between May 1 and August 1, 2016. Interviews will take place via video-conference, phone, or in person depending on your preference, availability, and geographic location.

From the interviews collected, we hope to highlight approximately 15 individuals for the special report. All interviews will be used to help identify common barriers and supports experienced by learners with disabilities. At the conclusion of the interviews we will identify quotes that might be highlighted in the report. Each individual will be contacted for permission to use these quotes, and providing this consent is voluntary.

The information collected as part of this research study is critically important as we work towards fully inclusive medical training. The Co-PIs on this project are dedicated to advancing understanding and support for individuals with disabilities studying medicine. Both are available to answer any questions you may have about participating in this program.

If interested in this study, please contact Lisa Meeks and Neera Jain by email at [email protected] (link sends e-mail) subject line: AAMC/UCSF Study.

We look forward to working with you to educate the medical community about the experiences of learners with disabilities.

Prevalance Study for Medical Students with Disabilities

Principal Investigators: Lisa Meeks, PhD UCSF School of Medicine; Kurt Herzer, PhD, MSc, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

UCSF School of Medicine is conducting a research study on the prevalence of students with disabilities in the health sciences. The first phase of this study includes students in medical (MD) programs and was completed last year.

This year 2016-2017's survey will include (DO) programs, as well. The survey should be completed by the person who is responsible for determining accommodations for students in the MD/DO program. We hope you will join us in highlighting the need for greater supports for students in the health sciences and medical education.

This research does not involve students, and is a simple collection of data that will be de-identified and reported in aggregate form, and the data will be made available to all schools that submitted surveys once we are done with our analysis.

Questions include: the number of students registered, the number of students within specific disability categories, and the types of accommodations afforded. Depending on the number of students registered, we anticipate this survey will take 15-45 minutes to complete.

The survey will be sent directly to those individuals identified on the website or to the dean of students. Survey's will be sent September 15th and data collection will remain open until December 31st. 

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need any further clarification about any of the items, as we are happy to help you complete this request in any way we can.