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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

If you are a health profession student, register for our first annual Advancing Disability Equity in Healthcare Conference via the button below.

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What We Do

 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

Committee Goals

  • Plans FSM and McGaw panels, lunch talks, film viewings, and trainings
  • Ensures accessibility of all programming

 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

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

 Graduate Medical Committee

Committee Goals

  • Participates in programming events that address the culture of disability beyond the student level
  • Engages in mentorship of health sciences students
  • Serves as liaisons to engage residents and fellows in conversations on disability advocacy


Disability Language Style Guide Web Accessibility Guidelines Student Accommodations Seven Ways to be More Inclusive of People with Disabilities

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

Contact Us

  • Elizabeth Adams (she/her) and Trisha Kaundinya (she/her) (Presidents)
  • Drew Zbihley (he/him) (Vice President of Communications)
  • Rebe Arteaga and Samantha Schroth (she/her) (Creative Directors)
  • Rebe Arteaga (Treasurer)
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