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Disability Advocacy Coalition in Medicine

Mission Statement

The Disability Advocacy Coalition in Medicine (DAC Med) seeks to create a culture of disability inclusion in medicine at FSM and beyond that is:

  1. Inclusive in teaching how to be a culturally competent provider for patients with different types of disabilities
  2. Informative in communicating how trainees can be involved in combating ableism in medicine
  3. Supportive of existing providers and future providers in medicine with disability

What We Do

 Feinberg DAC Med Chapter Leadership

 DAC Med Chapters & Partners


  • Northwestern University
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

Faculty and Organizational Partners:

  • Florida State University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Harvard University
  • Ohio State University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Carolina Chapel Hill
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois Chicago
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Colorado-Anschutz
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • University of California San Francisco
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Miami

 Education Committee

Committee Goals

  • Engages in curriculum review to enhance coverage of disability in healthcare education
  • Works to include disability accommodation tools, training modules, and guides in student resources


 Programming Committee

*1-3 Graduate medical education members are also part of this committee

Committee Goals

  • Plans FSM and McGaw panels, lunch talks, film viewings, and trainings
  • Ensures accessibility of all programming
  • Collaborates with National Network committee on conference planning

 National Network Committee

Committee Goals

  • Plans national summit of trainees by connecting with medical student and health sciences organizations that exist at other institutions
  • Seeks to develop DAC Med into a national space with institutional chapters

 Chicago Outreach Committee

Committee Goals

  • Identifies Chicagoland organizations FSM students can work with on short and long-term projects and maintains database with opportunities
  • Alerts students of Chicagoland advocacy opportunities at the intersection of medicine and disability
  • Builds a DACMed advocacy project and partnership with a Chicagoland group

 Peer Support Committee

*1-3 Graduate medical education members are also part of this committee

Committee Goals

  • Creates a database of faculty who can engage in a disability support and mentorship program (start Fall 2021) with student mentees
  • Works with administration to ensure curricular accessibility and support to all health sciences students
  • Partners with Education Committee on building student resources

 Research Engagement Committee

*1-3 Graduate medical education members are also part of this committee

Committee Goals

  • Connects with institutional faculty engaging in disability research across disciplines, creates a database for collaborations with Northwestern centers and students
  • Engages in a DAC Med research project on the culture of disability inclusion in healthcare and health education


Disability Language Style Guide Web Accessibility Guidelines Student Accommodations Seven Ways to be More Inclusive of People with Disabilities 2022 DAC Med Conference: Empowering Patients and Providers as Disability Advocates

Patient accommodations resources also are available to under NM Interactive (login required). Go to Departments> Inclusion> Disabilities> Accommodation Resources.

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