ADHCE SCHOLARSHIPS 2018-2021
For 2000-2021, The Alliance awarded two scholarships, both projects were presented at our June 3, 2021 Annual Meeting.
One scholarship was awarded to a group of students at Harvard University for their project:
“At Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), through the efforts of the Disabilities in Medicine and Dentistry Working Group, we have developed a longitudinal disability curricular thread with multiple touchpoints integrated into the preexisting medical and dental school curricula. These efforts have begun to equip future physicians and dentists to reduce healthcare disparities experienced by people with disabilities, and to foster provision of high-quality care to all patients regardless of disability status. Several sessions and modules have been introduced to educate students about key disability concepts and skills; however, many of our peers have expressed need for more guidance in constructing an inclusive clinical environment that adapts to and satisfies the care needs of patients with disabilities. Specifically, students have felt unprepared to modify the standardized physical exam sequence for patients with varying degrees of physical, intellectual, and sensory functioning… We aim to create a guidebook for adapting the physical exam to accompany clinical students as they learn to navigate encounters with patients with disabilities. The guidebook will emphasize a patient-centered approach to clinical interactions and include directions on how to maintain patient comfort and ensure the highest standard of care during a comprehensive physical exam. The content will be informed by multiple stakeholders, including patients and inter-professional clinicians, and developed by an interdisciplinary team of students. Use of equipment, adaptation of common medical and dental exam maneuvers, and communication techniques will be emphasized.
Here is a brief explanation: