About the Discussion

Living with Health Conditions During Medical Training

Approximately 4.6% of US medical students have self-disclosed a health condition, illness or disability (termed here student-patients). Over 90% of these students have conditions that are non-apparent, including psychological conditions and chronic health conditions. Medical student-patients face unique challenges in meeting the demands of medical education, while also navigating stigma and fear of discrimination, and self-disclosure rates amongst medical students remain much lower than that of US undergraduate (11.1%) or graduate programs (7.6%).

Therefore, with our team of experts, we are thrilled to explore how medical schools and residency programs can support student-patients. We will dive into several critical topics, including:

 

  • Day 1: Inclusive visibility when discussing health conditions, disability or illness 
  • Day 2: Need for inclusion of trainees living with a health condition, disability, or illness
  • Day 3: Disclosing a health condition, disability or illness to a school or program
  • Day 4: Inclusive technical standards 
  • Day 5: Accommodation processes 
  • Day 6: Supporting providers, trainees and patients living with a health condition, disability or illness from underrepresented communities in medicine
  • Day 7: Improving curricula around providing for disabled patients
  • Day 8: Outside the classroom and wards: living as a trainee with health condition, disability or illness
  • Day 9: Supporting mental health of trainees living with a health condition, disability or illness 
  • Day 10: Community-building for trainees living with a health condition, disability or illness
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