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19-04-2022

New study on disability in medicine published

Published this month, a new study is the first report to ‘map’ disability in medicine in the UK.  Using data from the UK Medical Education Database (UKMED), the objective of the study was to examine factors associated with declaration of disability by medical students and doctors, and the association of declared disability with academic performance.

One of the key findings from this study was that, despite small differences in academic performance outcomes, medical students who declared specific learning disability (SLD) at any point were just as likely to complete their course successfully as those who did not.  

Professor Dame Jane Dacre, Chair of the UKMED Advisory Board, stated:

“It is reassuring to see that UKMED data has found that declaring a specific learning disability does not make it any less likely that a student will graduate as a doctor. This is a powerful message, and should help to ensure that medical students and applicants are aware of the importance of declaring disabilities to ensure they are able to access appropriate support.

The aim of the UKMED collaboration is to inform the development of medical education and training. We hope that this is the first of many studies that can help medical and postgraduate schools understand and improve the experiences of students with disabilities.”

You can read the full study here.