The Teams | The Work

Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in Medical Education

Prevalence Study Wave 3 UNDERWAY!

Prevalence Study

This study was designed to benchmark and follow the number of allopathic (MD) medical students who disclose a disability and register with disability services over a period of 10 years.  We recently added osteopathic (DO) schools to the survey.

 

Wave 1 of data collection and benchmarking

2015-16

Wave 2 of data collection 2018-19

Wave 3 of data collection 2021-22

Wave 4 of data collection 2025-26

Team: 

Research Manager: Ben Case

PI: Lisa Meeks 

Analysts: Kurt Herzer, Missy Plegue 

Researchers: Bonnie Swenor

Lab Member: Maher Budron

The Journal of the American Medical Association
The Journal of the American Medical Association
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Building a pathway for the biomedical workforce

Success and attrition among deaf healthcare students and professionals: Describing an underrepresented minority segment of the healthcare workforce. 

PI: Chris Moreland, Co-PI: Lisa Meeks

The Pathway Project 

Performance and trajectory of medical students with disabilities

 

11 institutions

January 2020-May 2020

 

Co-PI's: Lisa Meeks, PhD and Michael Kim MD

Ben Case, Christopher Moreland

Lab Student: Caitlyn Coates

Purkiss J, Plegue M, Grabowski CJ, et al. Examination of Medical College Admission Test Scores and US Medical Licensing Examination Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge Scores Among Students With Disabilities. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(5):e2110914. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.10914

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Institutional Impact Study 

 

AIM: To identify the institutional impact of non-accommodation on USMLE exams

 

PI: Lisa M. Meeks, PhD 

Co-I: Kristina Peterson, PhD

Ben Case, Neera Jain, Sharad Jain

June 2020-December 2020

Psychological Disabilities

Our team is conducting a review of the literature to discern the best practice for accommodations for psychological disabilities in health science programs

TEAM:

Zoie Sheets

Fragoso Ligia Fragoso-Delgado

Michael Kim 

Legal Trends  

Our team is working to catalog legal cases involving health science programs to identify trends and inform best practices in health science education and disability inclusion.

 TEAM:

Lisa Meeks, PhD

Maher Budron

Caitlyn Coates 

Swathi Mettela 

US-DO

Programs

Prevalence 

Study

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Team: 

PI: Lisa Meeks 

Co-I: Ben Case

Analyst: Missy Plegue 

Lab Member: Maher Budron

This study was designed to benchmark and follow the number of osteopathic medical students who disclose a disability and register with disability services over a period of 10 years. 

 

Wave 1 of data collection and benchmarking 2020

Wave 2 of data collection 2022

Wave 3 of data collection 2024

Wave 4 of data collection 2026

Meeks LM, Case B, Plegue M, Moreland CJ, Jain S, Taylor N. National prevalence of disability and clinical accommodations in medical education. J Med Educ Curric Dev, 2020;7:1-4. 

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Technical Standards 

Team: 

Ben Case

Christopher Moreland

Student: Katy Stauffer

AIMS:

The study will survey the technical standards of newly-established U.S. M.D.-granting institutions to determine if medical schools are making an effort to implement more inclusive technical standards.

Standards compliant check, Quality assur
Surgery

Residents With Disabilities 

Our Team is working with Dr. Srijan Sen from the Intern Health Study to capture the first ever accounting of disability in residency across multiple specialities 

 

AIMS:

1. Conduct an Assessment of the Prevalence of Disability in Residency Across Specialities 

2. Conduct an Assessment of Accommodation Use in Residency Programs 

PI's: Lisa Meeks, Srijan Sen

Team: Karina Pereira-Lima, Erene Stergiopoulos, Elena Frank

Student: Katherine Ross 

Y2Q Study

AAMC Data 

Experiences of

Students w/Disabilities

in MedEd 

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PI's:

Lisa Meeks

Christopher Moreland

Team:

Missy Plegue,

Karina Pereira-Lima 

Neera Jain,

Erene Stergiopoulos,

Bonnie Swenor

Students: 

Katy Stauffer

Zoie Sheets

Swathi Mettela