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The Capability Imperative: Revealing Ableism in Medical Education​

Presenter: Neera Jain, PhD

Bio: Dr. Jain is Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education at the School of Medicine, Waipapa Taumata Rau - The University of Auckland (New Zealand). Dr. Jain is a researcher, educator, and committed changemaker focused on critical disability studies, anti-ableism, and qualitative methodologies in medical education, with a wider interest in advancing justice in health professions education. She co-authored the AAMC special report, Accessibility, Inclusion, and Action in Medical Education: Lived Experiences of Learners and Physicians with Disabilities (2018). Weaving together perspectives of students with disabilities and school officials, Dr. Jain’s award-winning doctoral thesis, Negotiating the capability imperative: Enacting disability inclusion in medical education (2020), explores the limits of an accommodation-focused approach to disability inclusion and imagines a transformational alternative that is inclusive by design. Dr. Jain previously led disability services for health science education students at Columbia University in the City of New York and the University of California, San Francisco

Article: The capability imperative: Theorizing ableism in medical education.

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