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Free Technical Standards Webinar for Pharmacy Programs

Announcing a Docs With Disabilities Initiative partnership with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) to bring you training specific to Pharmacy program technical Standards.

Date: September 27, 2023


Technical standards have been identified as a barrier to pharmacy school admissions for individuals with disabilities. This webinar is designed to assist schools in seeking to align their technical standards to more accurately reflect 21st-century pharmacy education and technology. The speakers will provide a history of technical standards, legal and educational implications, review welcoming and inclusive language, and provide a side-by-side comparison of inclusive and restrictive technical standards by domains. Finally, the speakers will outline a thoughtful and informed process of reviewing and revising technical standards.


At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Understand the intended use of technical standards, legal and accreditation requirements for technical standards, and critical elements of inclusive technical standards.

2. Apply the information and resources to the review of programs’ technical standards.

3. Engage relevant institutional stakeholders to revise an updated set of technical standards that reflect recent guidance and inclusive language


Sarah Shrader

Senior Director of Academic Programs and Professional Development



Lisa Meeks, Ph.D., MA

Lisa is an Associate Professor of Learning Health Sciences and Family Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, co-creator of the social media campaign #DocsWithDisabilities, co-host of the Docs With Disabilities Podcast, and executive director of the Docs With Disabilities Initiative.

Kruti Parikh Shah, Pharm.D.

Kruti is a Clinical Operations Pharmacist at RUSH University Medical Center, Chicago. She serves on the DEI Committee at the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacist (ICHP). She is a Disability Lead fellow, a Public Voice Fellow with the OpEd Project, and a steering committee member of the Disabilities Employee Resource Group (DERG) at RUSH.

Brian Hemstreet, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS

Brian serves as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Professor, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. His research interests include drug treatment and prevention of gastrointestinal and hepatic disorders, student leadership, professionalism, and success. He served on the Board of Regents of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) from 2015-2018 and was elected as President-elect of ACCP in 2022.

Sarah Triano, MS, NCC, LPC

Sarah is the Director of the Center for Learning Excellence at Geisinger College of Health Sciences where she oversees the disability services for the school’s nursing, Doctor of Medicine, and master’s in biomedical sciences programs. She is co-chair of Access in Medicine (AIM), a program of the Doctors With Disabilities Initiative (DWDI), a working group focused on creating resources and guidance to improve equitable opportunities for students with disabilities in undergraduate medical education and serves on the board of the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Professions Education.

Michelle Laughlin, MA

Michelle is the Director of Access & Success and a speaker who describes her life experience as a person with a disability.


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