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Clinical Performance of Medical Students With Protected Disabilities

Arianne Teherani, PhD1; Maxine A. Papadakis, MD1
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1Department of Medicine, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco
JAMA. 2013;310(21):2309-2311. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.283198.
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The Americans with Disabilities Act requires accommodations for students with protected disabilities. To inform conversations about the effect of disabilities and accommodations on performance by medical students, we sought to determine if clinical performance during the clerkship year and graduation rates differed between students with and without protected disabilities.

Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.

Article InformationCorresponding Author: Arianne Teherani, PhD, University of California San Francisco, 1855 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94143 (teherani@medsch.ucsf.edu).

Author Contributions: Dr Teherani had full access to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.

Study concept and design: Teherani, Papadakis.

Acquisition of data: Teherani, Papadakis.

Analysis and interpretation of data: Teherani.

Drafting of the manuscript: Teherani, Papadakis.

Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Teherani, Papadakis.

Statistical analysis: Teherani.

Administrative, technical, or material support: Teherani, Papadakis.

Study supervision: Papadakis.

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: The authors have completed and submitted the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest and none were reported.

Additional Contributions: We thank Eric Koenig, MS, Neera Jain, MS, CRC, Lisa Meeks, PhD, and Barbara Smith (all 4 with the Office of Student Life, University of California, San Francisco) for their help with clarifying rules and procedures for disability services and providing the data on accommodations; and Mark Lovett, MPIA (Office of Medical Education, University of California, San Francisco), for help with acquiring demographic and outcome data and merging with the data on accommodations provided by the Office of Student Life. None of these persons received compensation for their contributions.

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