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Clinical Accommodations: Upholding Standards While Creating Equal Access

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Medical schools are often unsure whether accommodations in performance-based settings (such as clerkships, preceptorships, OSCEs, and other standardized patient activities) are appropriate. This webinar, recorded on July 9, 2015 explores the interactive process that occurs between DS, faculty, staff, and the student when determining reasonable accommodations in the clinical environment. The presenters provide examples of complex accommodation requests and models for decision-making and implementation.

Speakers:

Neera R. Jain, MS, CRC
University of California, San Francisco; Auckland Disability Law
Neera is a Rehabilitation Counselor by training and a passionate advocate for equal access in higher education, with a specialization in working with graduate and professional students in the health sciences. She was the first dedicated staff member to serve students with disabilities at two major health sciences institutions in the United States - the Columbia University Medical Center campus in New York City, and the University of California, San Francisco. Formerly the Director of Student Disability Services at the University of California, San Francisco, she continues to work with UCSF as a consultant on research initiatives and complicated cases. Neera is the co-chair of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) Graduate and Professional School Special Interest Group (GAP SIG), and Policy advisor for the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education.

Neera has presented on practices and approaches for crafting accommodations for clinical and other “outside the classroom” settings at U.S. and international conferences. She is the co-editor and an author of The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education (Springer Publishing). Neera also wrote the afterword of the text, which considers the promise for the next decade of students with disabilities to enter the health sciences. Currently residing in New Zealand, Neera manages Auckland Disability Law (ADL), a free specialist legal service that is part of the Community Law movement. ADL is New Zealand’s only law practice dedicated to serving the unmet legal needs of disabled Kiwis.

Lisa Meeks, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
Lisa is currently on staff with the University of California, San Francisco where she is the Director for Student Disability Services and a Deputy Title IX Officer for the campus. She is also a co-founder and President elect of the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education and co-chair of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) Autism Spectrum Disorder Special Interest Group (ASD SIG). In addition to her work in higher education, Lisa has developed specialized trainings for the National Security Agency (NSA), the Department of Defense (DOD), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Association of Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Currently her work focuses on developing computer simulations for use in remediating medical students’ communication skills.

Lisa is a published author of multiple books on Autism Spectrum Disorder and is the co-editor and an author of The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education (Springer Publishing). She recently presented on the topic of Disability and Medical Education at Grand Rounds for the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine — New York City and was also recently interviewed about the development of the Coalition and the future of disability in medical education for the NPR supported Story Corps-Disability Visibility project.

Jan Serrantino-Cox, EdD
University of California, Irvine
Jan is the Director of the Disability Services Center at the University of California, Irvine. She is the primary service provider for students with disabilities in the Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, and Medicine. She has worked in the field of disability services since 1989 as a K-12 teacher and administrator, university faculty member, and student advocacy consultant. She serves on the UCI Mental Health Task force and the University of California Electronic Accessibility Leadership Team.

Jan presents regularly at professional conferences on disability related topics such as serving students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Academic Accommodations and Challenges faced by Students in Higher Education. Jan is co-author of two chapters in the forthcoming The Guide to Assisting Students with Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education (Springer Publishing).

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