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


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