Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Technical Standards and Lawsuits Involving Accommodations for Health Professions Students

Bagenstos SR. Technical Standards and Lawsuits Involving Accommodations for Health Professions Students. AMA J Ethics. 2016 Oct 1;18(10):1010-1016. doi: 10.1001/journalofethics.2016.18.10.hlaw1-1610. PubMed PMID: 27780025.

This article will discuss the legal obligations of medical schools to accommodate applicants and students with disabilities. The article begins by describing the problem of denial of medical education to such students, a problem that results from both discrimination in admissions and denial of accommodations to incumbent students with disabilities. The article then discusses the disability rights legislation that prohibits discrimination against-and requires reasonable accommodation of-qualified medical students with disabilities. It concludes by reviewing a number of lawsuits involving requests for accommodation and how disability rights law was applied in those cases.

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