Study finds USMLE’s denial of accommodations requests by students with disabilities negatively impacts medical schools

Accommodation denials lead to school staff and student frustration, as well as loss of time and financial resources

Members of the Department of Family Medicine, along with an international team of researchers, have recently published a first-of-its kind study showing more than half of medical students with disabilities from a sample of U.S. medical programs were denied accommodations by the organization that administers the United Stated Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 1. Researchers found these rejections had detrimental impacts on students and the medical schools they attend.

Their paper, “Impact of USMLE step-1 accommodation denial on US medical schools: a national survey,”(link is external) was recently published in PLOS One.

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