on the Disability Curriculum Initiatives at the University of Minnesota
In 1999, a group of disability activists, medical students, and physicians developed recommendations to improve the medical school curriculum on disability issues. Since that time, these recommendations have helped to guide the school's curriculum development on disability issues. Here is an update on recent initiatives at the school.
A new session for
first year medical students will focus on how the concept of a "normal"
body is socially constructed and how it impacts on our perceptions of
disability and on medical practice. The session will focus, in part, on
debates around cochlear implants. This is the first required session in
the curriculum that will discuss disability and deaf cultures and its
implications for health care.
Please send comments,
questions, or suggestions to Sara Axtell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-625-4489