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Disabled Applicants

The MSTP values diversity, inclusion and welcomes students with disabilities.  We encourage people with disabilities to apply and make every effort to ensure that all qualified applicants can take full advantage of the programs available here on campus. The MSTP gives full consideration to all applicants for admission and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, creed, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation.  We provide reasonable accommodations as needed to those with disabilities and determinations are made on a case-by-case basis. To accomplish this, the Program Director and Program Administrator work directly with the Disability Support Services on the UMB campus to provide academic and nonacademic support services for students with disabilities.  More specifically, we will find interpreters, notetakers, parking facilities, and alternate learning formats such as tapes, computer disks, and large print educational materials.  Additionally, our facilities are wheelchair-accessible.  By offering these accommodations, we hope to further our mission to graduate the best future physician scientists, while recognizing our legal and moral responsibilities that people with disabilities are valued members of our institution.

Our program judges persons on the basis of their ability to complete the educational program rather than on their status as disabled persons. Persons seeking admission must be able to perform the "essential functions" or meet the "essential eligibility requirements" of the program once they have been provided with any needed accommodation or modification. Applicants with questions about the School’s Essential Requirements for Admission Academic Advancement and Graduation  in relation to their disability are encouraged to discuss the issue of accommodation with the MD/PhD Committee on Admissions prior to the interview process. Applicants are not required to disclose the nature of a disability to the MSTP Committee on Admissions. Upon the request of the MD/PhD applicant or student, academic adjustments and/or reasonable accommodations may be provided, if appropriate. For applicants, the MD/PhD Committee on Admissions will work with the Advancement Committee and course directors to determine whether requested accommodations are feasible and reasonable.

Following acceptance, all MSTP acceptees are sent an Accommodation Form which requests that they list any disabilities that will require some support/flexibility from the School of Medicine and the MSTP. Some of the aptitudes, abilities, and skills required by the medical and graduate school can be attained by some applicants with technological compensation or other reasonable accommodation.  Accommodations will be given due consideration, and reasonable accommodations will be made where consistent with curriculum objectives and legal requirements applicable to the School.  The use of trained intermediaries to carry out functions described in the Essential Requirements will not be permitted by the MSTP. Intermediaries, no matter how well trained, are applying their own powers of selection and observation, which could affect the student’s judgment and performance. Therefore, the MSTP will not permit third parties to be used to assist a student in the clinical training area in accomplishing curriculum requirements in the five skill areas identified in the Essential Requirements. Other accommodations will be given due consideration, and reasonable accommodations will be made where consistent with curriculum objectives and legal requirements applicable to the School of Medicine.

 An applicant who has not been offered admission to the MSTP may disclose a disability and request accommodation during the admission process. THIS IS NOT REQUIRED. However, an applicant may want to determine the School’s response to a specific accommodation request early in the admissions process. An applicant who chooses voluntarily to disclose a disability should write, call or visit the Associate Dean for Admissions to disclose the disability and discuss accommodation requests. After admission, students (including admittees who have not yet accepted a place in the MSTP, admittees who have accepted a place, and matriculating students) can disclose disabilities and request accommodation by writing, calling or visiting the Associate Dean for Students Affairs.

The Associate Dean to whom a disability is disclosed will interview the applicant or student and gather all relevant information. The applicant or student will be required to submit in writing the requested accommodation and pertinent supporting information. The pertinent information will include a history of accommodations granted previously in other educational programs and references who can discuss with the Associate Dean the experience of the applicant or student in other educational settings.

The School may require medical or other verification of disability and proof of information presented concerning accommodation. Such proof may include demonstration of assisted physical abilities. The School may require independent medical examination or testing to verify claimed disabilities, determine the extent and effects of disabilities, and assess the utility of accommodations.

After gathering all relevant and necessary information, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs will present the request for accommodation to the Advancement Committee. Concurrently, the UMB office of Student Affairs will be informed of the student’s request. The Dean of the School of Medicine will be made aware of both the UMB and the Advancement Committee’s recommendations and will make a final decision as to the nature of the accommodation. For incoming students, the Office of Admissions will be responsible for sharing the decision with the both the student and the UMB Office of Student Affairs. For matriculated students, the medical school Office of Student Affairs will handle that responsibility. 

Any student who is not yet a matriculant must make request for accommodation of disability within one week after accepting admission to the medical school. Any matriculating student who becomes aware of a disability requiring accommodation, or of the need for accommodation of a previously known disability, must request the accommodation as soon as the need for accommodation has been identified. A student can expect a response from the Office of the Dean within 30 days of submitting all required documentation, as described above. The time may be extended if the School requests additional information, which cannot reasonably be gathered within the period.

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