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Exploring the Barriers to Inclusion for Physicians with Disabilities: Webinar #3

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation is hosting a three-part webinar series on barriers and belief systems that impact the learning environment for medical students, residents, and physicians with disabilities.

Below, you will find the recording for each installment in the series as well as additional resources.

Part three of this series gives an overview of the training and practice environments for physicians with disabilities (PWD) and describes the benefits PWD can bring to the clinical environment.


  • Lisa M. Meeks, PhD, MA, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School.

  • Diana Cejas, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor – Child Neurology, UNC Chapel Hill with dual appointment at the Carolina Institute of Developmental Disabilities

  • Christopher Moreland, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

  • Christopher McCulloh, MD, Fellow in Pediatric Surgery, University of Michigan School of Medicine

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the value of disability-informed health care through DocsWithDisabilities

  • Describe mechanisms for creating a disability-inclusive graduate medical education program

  • Provide examples of reasonable accommodations in medical education in UME and GME

  • Appraise individual program’s efforts to include disability in diversity initiatives


Programs often wonder how to determine if an accommodations is reasonable and whether certain accommodations are considered “standard” They also express concerns about HOW to make the learning environment accessible to disabled trainees. Part three of the webinar series will introduce the audience to physicians with disabilities (PWD) in varied specialties and discuss how doctors with disabilities train and thrive in medicine with the use of accommodation. The webinar will begin with a description of the training landscape and practice for PWD in medicine and a discussion of the benefits physicians with disabilities bring to the clinical environment. The audience will be provided with examples of reasonable accommodations in medical education for UME and GME. Following this, consist of a panel of physicians with disabilities will discuss how training programs can foster the development of physicians with different abilities and will discuss the impact of program culture, reasonable accommodation, mentorship, and representation in the success of PWD. Following these recommendations, each physician will provide personal examples of how they navigate the clinical workspace.


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