Aligning Technical Standards with 21st Century Medical Education - October 28

Technical standards have been identified as a barrier to medical school admissions for individuals with disabilities. This webinar is designed to assist schools in seeking to align their technical standards to more accurately reflect 21st-century medical education and technology.   The speakers will provide a  history of technical standards, legal and educational implications, review welcoming and inclusive language, and a side-by-side comparison of inclusive and restrictive technical standards domains. Finally, the speakers will outline a thoughtful and informed process of reviewing and revising technical standards. 

Learning Objectives: 

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the intended use of technical standards,  legal and accreditation requirements for technical standards, and critical elements of inclusive technical standards.
  • Apply the information and resources to the review of programs’ technical standards.  
  • Engage relevant institutional stakeholders to revise an updated set of technical standards that reflect recent guidance and inclusive language

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Steve Gay, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine Medical Director, Critical Care Support Services Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Michigan Medicine/University of Michigan   
Dean for Admissions University of Michigan Medical School

Dr. Gay is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical Director of Critical Care Support Services and the Assistant Dean for Medical School Admissions at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor Michigan.  His clinical and research interests include medical education, outcomes and treatments for end stage lung disease, lung transplantation, interventional bronchoscopy, and the evaluation of unexplained dyspnea.

Lisa Meeks, PhD
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School
Researcher, Center for Diverse Healthcare Workforce University of California, Davis, School of Medicine

Lisa M. Meeks, PhD, is an assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and a Researcher at the Center for Workforce Diversity within The University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Her work focuses on the advancement of disability inclusion in health science education.    She is lead author of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Special Report: Accessibility, Inclusion, and Action in Medical Education, editor of the books Disability as Diversity and The Guide to Assisting Students With Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education, co-creator of the social media campaign #DocsWithDisabilities, and host of the Docs with Disabilities podcast.

Rahul Patwari, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Rush Medical College at Rush University Medical Center Associate Dean for Curriculum, Rush Medical College
Dr. Patwari is an associate professor of Emergency Medicine at Rush Medical College at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. He is also the associate dean for curriculum at the medical college.

Dan Wilkerson, JD
University of Colorado Vice President, University Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Regents, Emeritus
Director of Special Projects, Marcus Institute for Brain Health CU, Anschutz Medical Campus

Mr. Wilkerson is a former Army JAG officer who, in 1989, joined CU’s Office of University Counsel and represented the Health Sciences campus and its medical school in particular. He served as the  Vice President, University Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Regents for the CU System from 2007 until he retired from CU in 2012.  In 2017, Mr. Wilkerson became the Director of Special Projects for CU’s Marcus Institute for Brain Health which provides interdisciplinary care for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury.  In 2020, Mr. Wilkerson was again appointed Vice President, University Counsel and Secretary of the Board for CU for a short time while CU conducted a national search for that position.  In August 2020, Mr. Wilkerson resumed his duties at the Marcus Institute for Brain Health.

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