The Disability Resource Professional (DRP) Academy is a highly focused, hybrid professional development experience for disability resource professionals seeking expertise in medical education. It is a program under the Docs With Disabilities initiative an is funded, in part, through a grant from the Ford Foundation.


In its inaugural year, the academy will be offered tuition free and will include one year of post academy mentoring. 


Key Highlights

  • Engage with 20 DRP's from around the country

  • Receive protected time to prepare for the academy 

  • Receive 1-year of mentoring

Eligibility Requirements

  • DRP experience in medicine or health sciences

  • Endorsement from school of medicine leadership

  • Ability to participate in all online pre-meetings and in-person academy in February

Academy Attendees

  • 20 DRPs that work in medical education and that represent diversity in school, degree program, disability resource experience and personal characteristics  will be chosen to attend the 2023 DRP Academy


July 15th   

DRP Academy application opens

September 1st 

Announcement of 20 invitees

October 14th - December 9th, 2022

A synchronous pre-study period

February 24th - March 1st, 2023

In-person Academy in Los Angeles, CA at the UCLA Luskin Center

August 15th   

DRP Academy applications are due

September 30th

Virtual orientation for pre-study period at 4 PM EST

January 13th, 2023

Virtual introduction meeting

April 2023 - April 2024

DRP Academy application opens


Application in PDF

Endorsement in PDF


Jan Serrantino, EdD

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Charlotte O'Connor, MEd

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Grace Clifford, M.Ed

Barbara Blacklock, M.Ed