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2021 Virtual Seminar Schedule

day 1


April 5, 2021 

9:00 am - 1:30 pm

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


9:00-9:15 am

President’s Welcome 

Jan Serrantino, EdD

9:15-10:00 am

Key Note: Aspiring to Capital D-Disabled?

Peter D. Poullos, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology, Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Founder and Director, Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition (SMAC)

10:00-10:30 am BREAK

10:30-11:30 am Breakout Sessions


Option 1

Grounding Decision Making for the Team: Using Essential Functions and Core Competencies to Determine Reasonable Accommodation 

Lisa M Meeks, PhD, The University of Michigan Medical School


Option 2

Disability 101: Building an Office in Health Science Programs

Grace Clifford, MEd, Cleveland State University 


11:30-12:00 pm BREAK

12:00-1:30 pm Breakout Sessions by Affiliate Group 


Option 1

Medicine/Dentistry/Pharmacy/Physician’s Assistant 

Facilitator: Dr. Joe Murray

Option 2

Nursing, OT, PT, SLP

Facilitator: Elisa Laird, JD

Associate Executive Director of Professional Development



Option 3

Learning Specialists

Facilitator: Charlotte O’Connor, MEd, Learning and Disability Specialist, University of Michigan

1:30-5:00 pm BREAK

5:00-6:00 pm

Welcome & Introduction to the Coalition

Breakout Sessions


Option 1

The Blind Vintner – A Virtual Wine Tasting


Option 2

Open Networking


6:00-6:30 pm  Networking


April 6, 2021 

9:00 am - 2:00 pm


9:00-10:00 am

Keynote: Beyond Mere Legal Compliance: Moving Toward Just and Equitable Learning Environments

Elisa P. Laird, JD

Associate Executive Director of Professional Development


10:00-10:30 am BREAK

10:30-11:45 am Breakout Sessions


Option 1


Exemplar Policies in Practice: Animals, Leave of Absence, Grievance, and Documentation  

Jaime Axelrod, MS

Northern Arizona University

Option 2


Simulation‐based Faculty Training: Working With Students With Disabilities

Anita Richards, MACM
Simulation Education and Assessment Specialist

The University of California, San Francisco

11:45- 12:15 pm BREAK


12:15-1:15 pm Keynote: Mental Health Advocacy: Finding Power in Our Narratives

Justin Bullock, MD, MPH

Resident in Internal Medicine

The University of California, San Francisco


1:15- 2:00pm

Office Hours with Asynchronous Speakers

day two
day 3


April 7, 2021 

9:00 am - 1:45 pm


9:00-10:00 am 

Keynote: Alone in the Ring: Research Based Theatre Performance

Inclusive Campus & Research Based Theatre Collaborative
University of British Columbia


10:00-10:30 am BREAK

10:30-12:00 pm Breakout Sessions (Affiliate groups)


Option 1

Medicine, Physician’s Assistant, Pharmacy, Vet

Moderator: Joe Murray, MD

Weill Cornell Medical College


Option 2

Nursing, OT, PT, SLP

Moderator: Grace Clifford, MEd

Cleveland State University 


Option 3

Learning Specialists 

Moderator: Bill Eidtson,  Ed.D.

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth


12:00 -12:30pm BREAK

12:30-1:30 pm 

Keynote: Building a Pathway for Learners with Disabilities

Chris Moreland, MD, MPH

Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin


1:30 - 1:45 pm Closing

New Board Member Welcome



Understanding Ableism in Health Science Education: A Necessary Step Towards Transforming Our Practice

Neera R. Jain, PhD, MS, CRC

Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Critical Studies in Education, University of Auckland Faculty of Education and Social Work


Intermediaries in Clinical Settings: The 3 Bones Approach

Barb Blacklock, MA, LISW

Program Coordinator

Disability Resource Center

University of Minnesota Twin Cities


Creating a Welcoming Program: Considerations to support health science students

Christine Low, MSW, LCSW-R 

Director, Disability Services

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Supporting NBME Requests: Presenting a Strong Case

Kristina H. Petersen, PhD

Assistant Dean, College Academic Support Programs

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Office of Academic Support

New York Medical College


What UME Needs to Know About GME

Nichole Taylor, DO

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology

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