Dancing Wheelchairs: An Innovative Way to Teach Medical Students about Disability

Johanna Shapiro, Ph.D.

The Surgeon General, the Institute of Medicine, and the Association of American Medical Colleges have called for better education of physicians in terms of caring for patients with disabilities. While such an effort should necessarily be comprehensive and pervasive throughout the curriculum, all medical educators should consider how disability issues can be addressed in their existing coursework. One way that is surprisingly rich and provocative is a single 2-hour session I developed for preclinical students organized around a remarkable DVD: “Outside-In.”

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