We encourage individuals with disabilities to apply, and make every effort to ensure that all qualified applicants can take full advantage of the programs available at Washington University. The MSTP gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or genetic information. We provide reasonable accommodations to those with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. To accomplish this, the MSTP works directly with the Washington University School of Medicine’s Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the University’s Disability Resource office (http://cornerstone.wustl.edu/disability-resources/
) to provide academic and nonacademic support services for qualified students with disabilities. By offering these accommodations, we hope to further our mission to graduate a cadre of diverse physician-scientists.
Recognizing that completion of the MD degree and gaining licensure requires the ability to perform certain tasks, individuals admitted to the MSTP must meet the criteria set forth in the WUSOM Technical Standards Statement: “Graduates of Washington University with a Doctor of Medicine degree are expected to have broad competence in the basic skills that underlie the general practice of medicine and surgery. All graduates must be able to take a history, examine a person, synthesize the findings into a diagnosis and plan of evaluation and treatment independently. Thus, medical students must possess the requisite sensory, motor, communicative and cognitive capabilities to accomplish these requirements in a reliable manner in order to be competent and safe medical practitioners.” MSTP students must be able to meet these criteria throughout the course of their training.
Applicants to the MSTP may elect to reveal a disability and request an accommodation for the interview visit. THIS IS NOT REQUIRED. An applicant who chooses voluntarily to disclose a disability should contact the MSTP Executive Director to disclose the disability and discuss accommodation requests. To ensure that appropriate accommodations are available, applicants offered interviews are encouraged to make requests as early as possible.
Admitted applicants can disclose disabilities and request accommodations by contacting the WUSOM Associate Dean of Student Affairs. The Associate Dean will interview the applicant or student to gather the relevant information and describe the process of evaluating disabilities and determining what accommodations are possible. The school may require independent medical or other verification and documentation of information presented in support of an accommodation request. Accommodation requests will be given due consideration and reasonable accommodations will be made where consistent with curriculum objectives and legal requirements.