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Spring 2024 DREAM Research Rounds


Join us for the Spring 2024 DREAM Research Rounds


The aim of the DREAM Research Rounds is to provide monthly rounds in the tradition of "Grand Rounds," which will highlight research and research teams from around the globe that are focused on disability research in academic medicine.

Please note that all talks are recorded and will be shared on this website.



ASL interpreting and Captioning are provided.



The Spring series is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center

Special thanks to Dr. Bonnielin Swenor and Ms. Caroline Cerilli for supporting this series



Tuesday, February 27th 3pm EST


Title: Negotiating Legitimacy and Belonging: Disabled students’ and Practitioners’ experience



Yael Mayer PhD

Yael Mayer is a mother, a partner, a daughter, and a clinical psychologist. Yael is leading the BELONG lab at the University of Haifa; her scholarship is focused on belonging and inclusion of equity-seeking communities and enhancing equity, diversity, and multiculturalism in highly polarized societies. Yael studies the interplay between social and political contexts, identity development, and mental health. In all her studies, she strives to create impactful research that promotes social justice.


Laura Yvonne Bulk PhD, OT

Laura Yvonne Bulk is a daughter, friend, cousin, tante; she is a Dutch settler to W̱SÁNEĆ territory; she is a first-generation university student, a disabled scholar, and an occupational therapy educator. Her educational leadership focuses on promoting justice (right relationship) and building spaces of belonging as people from equity-denied groups and in distributed education.


Tal Jarus PHD, MA

Tal Jarus is a queer, white, cis woman, settler, who immigrated to Canada 17 years ago. She live as an uninvited guest on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. In the past few years her career is dedicated to social justice transformation, including focused research on justice and equity in the health and human service professions, looking at the facilitators and barriers for the participation of students and clinicians from equity denied groups in those professions.





Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 11:45-1pm Eastern



Title: Preparing the Physician Workforce to Provide High Quality Care for Patients with Disabilities: Current Landscape and Leading Edges in Disability Education within Undergraduate Medical Education



Dorothy W. Tolchin, MD, EdM is an Instructor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), part time, at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Director of Medical Student Education for the Mass General Brigham/HMS Department of PM&R. Dr. Tolchin is the Founding Director of the Integrated Longitudinal Disability and Anti-Ableism Curriculum at HMS, convening a range of stakeholders to design, implement, and assess focused education for medical students in the principles and practice of accessible, equitable healthcare for individuals living with disabilities of all types. Dr. Tolchin serves as an associate of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability and as founding faculty advisor for student groups at HMS centered on disability education, advocacy, and career mentorship. She presents locally and nationally about comprehensive care for individuals living with disabilities, the landscape of disability education in undergraduate and graduate medical education, and the development of disability curricula and inclusive learning environments. In addition to disability work, Dr. Tolchin holds local and national leadership roles in palliative care education. Dr. Tolchin earned her AB, EdM, and MD from Harvard, completed PM&R residency/chief residency at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/HMS, neuromuscular medicine fellowship at Mass General Brigham/HMS, and palliative medicine fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center. 




Friday, April 26th, 2024, 11:45-1pm Eastern


Title: A Comprehensive Program of Support for Residents with Disability requiring Accommodation



Dr. Catharine Munn is a psychiatrist, educator, and researcher, whose career has focused on mental health and substance use among post-secondary students, medical learners, and physicians, and within post-secondary and healthcare institutions. She completed her B.Sc. In Occupational Therapy at University of Toronto, followed by a degree in Medicine, residency, and master’s in health research Methodology at McMaster. Dr. Munn worked as lead psychiatrist in the Student Wellness Centre at McMaster for 17 years. Currently she is Assistant Dean in Resident Affairs in Postgraduate Medicine in the DeGroote School of Medicine, Advisor to the Provost and VP (Academic) at McMaster on Mental Health, and Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Jill Rudkowski is a critical care physician, educator, researcher, and educational leader.  She obtained her MD at the University of Calgary and completed postgraduate training in internal medicine, pulmonology, and critical care at McGill University.  She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine (Critical Care) and the Head of Service for the Intensive Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.  Dr. Rudkowski has held several educational leadership roles within the McMaster University DeGroote School of Medicine. She was the inaugural Competency Committee Chair for the McMaster Postgraduate Medicine Critical Care program and is currently the Postgraduate Medicine Accommodation Advisor within Resident Affairs.  Nationally, she is Assistant Secretary for the Committee for Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) and the Committee for Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME). 


Dr. Nadine Abu-Ghazaleh is in her final year of training as a Family Medicine Resident at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Prior to medicine, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh obtained a Masters of Public Administration from Queen’s University and worked as a Policy Analyst for the Ministry of Health in Kingston, Ontario. 

More recently, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh has become an outspoken advocate for the needs of medical trainees who require accommodations during their clinical training.  She hopes to merge her professional experience in policy development to her personal experience as a physician with a lived disability. Most importantly, she hopes to promote positive examples of physicians living with disabilities and dismantle ableist attitudes with clinical and academic medicine.




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