Transforming Medical Education

Disability Health Elective at the University of Michigan Medical School

New Two-Week Elective: Disability Health. Developed by MDisability Course Directors Michael M. McKee MD MPH, Feranmi Okanlami, Provide a person-centered approach to caring for patients who have disabilities, improve quality of care, and reduce disparities

Established by the MDisability Program, the Disability Health Elective (FAMMED 8204) is a 2-week course for medical students in the branches to rotate among different clinics specializing in disability-based care (e.g., Deaf Health, Adaptive Sports Medicine, Spinal Cord Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Low Vision, etc.) Students will be introduced to elements of disability theory, clinical practice, disability law and implications for policy. The course will also incorporate small group discussions and online training with the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program. The overarching goal of the course is to enable medical students to be able to provide a person-centered approach to caring for patients who have disabilities. This effort is to improve their quality of care and reduce disparities in health outcomes for people with disabilities. The Disability Health Elective is offered in April and September. Course Director: Michael M. McKee, MD, MPH 

Course design and leadership team: Davis Argersinger, Dawn Michael, Rita Shehirian, David Wang, Allyse Zondlak

DocsWithDisabilities Podcast

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Join hosts Dr. Lisa Meeks and the MDisability team as we take a deeper diver into the experiences of health care providers with disabilities through critical conversations with the doctors, researchers, administrators, faculty and policy makers that work to ensure medicine remains an equal opportunity profession.

MDisability is a collaborative program focused on improving the inclusion of people with disabilities in healthcare research, education, practice and through community engagement.

The Stanford Medicine Alliance for Disability Inclusion and Equity (Stanford Medicine ADIE) is a disability advocacy and health equity organization advancing the inclusion of people with disabilities in the health sciences and advocating for true health equity for our patients with disabilities.

You can make donations directly to the Michigan Adaptive Sports Program and the Deaf Health Clinic now.

For further information on how to give, please contact Amy St. Amour at (734) 998-7122 or