Medical education and disability studies

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    The biomedicalist conceptualization of disablement as a personal medical tragedy has been criticized by disability studies scholars for discounting the difference between disability and impairment and the ways disability is produced by socio-environmental factors. This paper discusses prospects for partnerships between disability studies teaching/research and medical education; addresses some of the themes around the necessity of critical disability studies training for medical students; and examines a selection of issues and themes that have arisen from disability education courses within medical schools globally. The paper concludes that providing there is a commitment from senior management, universities are well positioned to apply both vertical and horizontal approaches to teaching disability studies to medical students.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)221-235
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of Medical Humanities
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009


    • Disability narratives
    • Disability studies
    • Medical education
    • Social relations of disability

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)
    • Health Policy


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