In a thoughtful and personal piece, Philip Zazove, M.D., the George A. Dean, M.D. Chair of Family Medicine, discusses his journey to becoming a physician despite profound hearing loss, the need for diverse physicians and his efforts to change the culture of disability at the U-M Medical School and Michigan Medicine.
From his education in mainstream classrooms to fighting to be admitted to medical school to pioneering research on disability accommodations in medical schools to founding U-M’s Deaf Health Clinic, Dr. Zazove is an inspiring leader.
From the article, “Zazove’s term at the helm of U-M’s family medicine department is scheduled to end in 2022, but he believes that his efforts have become a permanent part of U-M’s med-school culture. A new initiative, MDisability, is an organized effort to protoe disability education and services for medical providers and patients. ‘I don’t think it’s going to disappear when I retire,’ Zazove says. ‘There are too many people involved.’”
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