Fantastic article and kudos to those out there “doing it”! (“Disabled Doctors: Healing the Medical Model?,” March 2019). I am a C6-7 complete quad and was initially denied access to a demanding clinical psychology program in the late ’80s for similar reasons, including uncertainty about how I’d handle administering test materials using quad hands. Now I’ve got 30-plus years practicing as a clinical psychologist! The perspective and drive of an individual who has been physically — and mentally — put to the disability test, yet has the tenacity to get through the educational roadblocks, persevere for years and focus their energy on humanity is … priceless! These folks are out there trailblazing in regard to what does matter most: the human spirit of caring, hard work, empathy, seeking of knowledge, sharing your expertise, refusing to settle.
U.K. Still Behind
Thank you so much for posting this article (“Disabled Doctors,” March 2019). It is so relatable for all of us who are disabled medics. I’m a deaf-blind medical student from the United Kingdom who was lucky enough to meet Dr. Stanley F. Wainapel while in practice in New York City. He and four other blind doctors I met in the U.S. were proof that we can practice medicine if we are surrounded by the good acceptance and support of colleagues and the right tech to allow us reasonable adjustments. So far, this is very difficult in the U.K. Prejudicial attitudes indeed already shape what we’re allowed and not allowed to do, and it is ever so difficult to access up-to-date equipment.
I Want One!
I would love to have a wheeler doctor, especially for my primary care! It’s frustrating to consistently run into physicians, most of whom are well-meaning, but who have little knowledge and even less experience with some of the most common medical issues we deal wit