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How I Made Disability Education a Priority at UVA

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Kayla Karvonen, a medical student at the University of Virginia Medical School was disappointed with the level of medical curriculum dedicated to the needs of individuals with disabilities.  Learn about how Kayla partnered with the Dean of UVA, created the Caring for Persons with Disabilities Initiative, and ultimately implemented a disability thread. 

"My hope is that creating UVA's disability thread is a small step towards training the next generation of physicians to be confident and competent in caring for persons with disabilities consequently reducing healthcare disparities and increasing patient satisfaction."

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resources from kayla

 Advocacy Letter

Thread Proposal

Case and Teaching Points


American Medical Association House of Delegates: Report of Reference Committee C

Americans with Disabilities: 2010 Household Economic Studies: Population Reports

What Does “Disability” Mean for Medical Students? An Exploration of the Words Medical Students Associate with the Term “Disability”

Living with Disability: A Proposal for Medical Education

Teaching Medical Students About Disability and Rehabilitation: Methods and Student Feedback

Increasing Medical Students’ Self-perceived Skill and Comfort in Examining Persons with Severe Developmental Disabilities: The Use of Standardized Patients who are Nonverbal Due to Cerebral Palsy

Chronic Care Education in Medical School: A Focus on Functional Health and Quality of Life

Impact of a Required Fourth-Year Medical Student rotation in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

The Future of Disability in America

A Wheelchair Workshop for Medical Students Improves Knowledge and Skills: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Functions and Structure of a Medical School

Proposal for a Required Advanced Clerkship in Chronic Disease and Disability for Medical Students

Teaching About Disability: Involving Patients with Disabilities as Medical Educators

PoWER Program: People with Disabilities Educating Residents

Disability Teaching for Medical Students: Disabled People Contribute to Curriculum Development





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