7th Annual Coalition Symposium

Growing the Vines of Inclusion

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Symposium Videos


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 Programs

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

Learning Specialists: The Tonys, The Grammys, and the OSCEs

Allison Kommer, MEd

Interim Director, Office of Student Academic Support Services, Medical Student Accessibility Liaison

University of Central Florida College of Medicine

The Schedule

All times are PACIFIC TIME

Day 1

April 5, 2021 

9:00 am -1:30 pm,


9:00-9:15 am

President’s Welcome 

Jan Serrantino, Ed.D.

9:15-10:00 am

Key Note: Aspiring to Capital D-Disabled?

Peter D. Poullos, M.D. 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

Director of Disability Resource Center

Samuel Merritt University


Option 3

Learning Specialists

Facilitator: Charlotte O’Connor, M.Ed., Learning and Disability Specialist, University of Michigan

1:30-4:30 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

Non-alcohol Oriented Networking


6:00-6:30 pm  Networking

Day 2

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

Director, Disability Resource Center

Samuel Merritt University

10:00-10:30 am BREAK

10:30-11:45 am Breakout Sessions


Option 1


Learners on the Spectrum

Kate Kemplin, DNP, RN,  University of Windsor (Canada)


Option 2


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

Jaime Axelrod, MS, Northern Arizona University

Option 3


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 University of California, San Francisco


1:15- 2:00pm

Office Hours with Asynchronous Speakers 

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 Cluster
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, Weill Cornell Medical College

Option 2

Nursing, OT, PT, SLP

Moderator: Grace Clifford


Option 3

Learning Specialists 

Moderator: Bill Eidtson

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth


12:00 -12:30pm BREAK

12:30-1:30 pm Closing Keynote/plenary

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

Board Member Welcome

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