Medical students with disabilities bring lived experience as patients, with a positive impact on school culture and learning
In 2015, Dinesh Palipana was readmitted to the third year of the Griffith University School of Medicine (GUSOM) medical program, 5 years after sustaining traumatic quadriplegia. Academics and university disability services worked together with hospital clinicians to plan his clinical rotations and problem solve any potential challenges. The clinical skills and assessment team designed and implemented reasonable adjustments for his annual objective structured clinical examinations, which did not undermine the technical standards of the stations. An external medical educator was responsible for the quality assurance of the examinations. Palipana met with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) before his readmission, and recalls the ongoing communication with AHPRA was consistently professional, respectful and logical throughout medical school and since graduation.
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