Previous Symposium Mini-Talks

Mini-Talks Session I: Moderated by Neera Jain


Session I: Talk A

Title: Effects of the hidden curriculum for Canadian medical students with disabilities 

Presenter: Erene Stergiopoulos


Description: The "hidden curriculum" refers to the language, practices, and policies that shape how and what students learn — beyond what is formally taught in the clinic and classroom. Using interviews and textual analysis from medical schools across Canada, we examined how the hidden curriculum shapes the learning experiences of medical students with disabilities. In particular, we examined how language, policies, and practices framed the concept of disability, wellness, and access to accommodations for students. This work helped us to understand that while formal university initiatives often made efforts to promote student health, wellness, and access, students often received conflicting messages from their informal curricular experiences, which introduced new barriers to support. In light of our findings, we piloted a faculty development workshop to help medical teachers  understand and navigate barriers to disclosure, as well as appropriate pathways to support for their students. 


Session I: Talk B

Title: A Medical Student’s Successful Second Application for NBME Accommodations

Presenters: Megan Siemers Livingston, Kristina H. Petersen New York Medical College


Description: Applications for accommodations on NBME examinations must include letters of support from medical professionals with a detailed description of the student’s symptoms and functional impairment.  Communication with medical professionals is important to ensure they understand the level of detail necessary for a successful application. The school cover letter should bring together all the documentation into a cohesive argument in support of the student requiring accommodations.


The Office of Academic Support created a comprehensive Step 1 and Step 2 accommodations application checklist for all NYMC students who receive accommodations. The checklist includes: a timeframe for students to submit their applications, recommendations to assist in writing a strong personal statement, and a suggested deadline for submission to allow students who are rejected time to appeal before their test date. Our office offers students the option to share their application drafts so we can provide feedback to increase their chance of approval.


Session I: Talk C

Title: Faster access for faster progress; Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) programs implementation and outcomes

Presenter: Ranna Nash, University of Nevada, Reno, Medical School


Description: Getting students quicker access to intervention and remediation is critical. Historical data was analyzed by a committee known at the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Committee at UNR Med.  This committee was tasked to analyze the system that gives intervention access to students and see about implementing the MTSS model (a model in the K-12 system to prevent over-representation in special education) into medical education.  The system was implemented for the Class of 2022 which allows for faster access for students to resources and cognitive assessment testing, before students struggle academically or behaviorally in their medical education.


Mini-Talks Session II: Moderated by Elisa Laird-Metke


Session II: Talk A

Title: Meaningful journeys: Strengths based collaboration to access health science education

Presenter: Ellen Berger Rainville OTD, OTR, FAOTA


Description:  This talk reviews the lived experiences of four (4) graduate health professional students, who almost did not complete their professional education because of structural, cultural, and attitudinal biases on the part of faculty and administration. We will address the importance of looking beyond the provision of accommodations and modifications. 

Session II: Talk B

Title: Engaging in an effective and focused interactive process during challenging interactions.

Presenters: Timothy Montgomery, Director of Student Disability Services, UCSF; Clay Littrell, Associate Director of Student Disability Services, UCSF 

Description: Nursing is a fast paced and challenging program. Students that report physical disabilities may require restrictions on mobility or the use of a mobility device in the clinic. In this mini talk, we will review a case that highlights how programs must remain open and engaged in the interactive process, regardless of initial reactions to physical limitations.  We submit that staying focused on the learning outcomes and not disability, and truly considering alternatives is the best mechanism for supporting all parties. We also discuss the necessity, and our experience with, engaging with Deans and counsel on these cases.


Session II: Talk C

Title: Paving the way for Students with Service Dogs: Access in Hospital and Clinics

Presenter: Jean Haverstick, M.Ed University of Vermont Health Science

Description: In this talk I will discuss how to create a procedure, educate, and bring together hospital teams when a student utilizes a service animal. I will discuss the necessity of engaging hospital administration, how to notify and work with clerkship leaders, the timeline for notification and implementation and lessens learned.


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