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Equal Access in Science & Medicine

The Equal Access in Science and Medicine committee is the student-led organization for trainees with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and mental health conditions at the Johns Hopkins University East Baltimore campus.

About Us

Founding Principles

1. People with disabilities are a valuable component of a diverse workforce but are underrepresented in medicine and biomedical sciences.

2. People with disabilities in science and medicine face social and institutional barriers to success related to the structure, culture, and climate of training programs. Barriers to access may be based on stereotypes, generalizations, or outdated information.

3. In a high-stakes, competitive environment, trainees with disabilities may fear disclosure because of real or imagined concerns about judgment, bias, licensing, clinical privileges, and skewed perception of ability.

The Equal Access in Science and Medicine committee aims to address these issues by creating a sense of community among students with disabilities, providing resources and educational materials for supporting students with disabilities in clinical and lab environments, and advocating for policies that benefit students with disabilities.

Three Tenets

Education

Providing resources for students with disabilities and educating the broader Johns Hopkins community about the value of including the perspectives of individuals with disabilities.

Community

Creating spaces for trainees in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and School of Public Health to share experiences related to disability and organizing mentorship opportunities for trainees with disabilities.

Advocacy

Identifying unmet needs among students with disabilities and advocating for policies that support current and future students with disabilities.

Focus on Education

Lecture Series

The Equal Access in Science and Medicine lecture series is a new event series featuring the perspectives of scientists and clinicians with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and mental health conditions.

The series aims to provide role models to trainees with these conditions and to highlight barriers to access in science and medicine.

Dr. Kay Jamison delivered the inaugural Equal Access in Science and Medicine lecture in February, 2020

New and Noteworthy

Disability, Science, & Medicine News

Attention Hopkins Community! Please vote for EASM’s Diversity Innovation Grant for an Alumni Network Here!

Project Description : 2% of students in the School of Medicine (SOM) register with Student Disability Services, yet 25% of graduate students in the SOM who completed a recent Graduate Student Association survey identify as having a disability, mental health disorder, or chronic illness. Students with disabilities may be inherently less able to advocate forContinue reading “Attention Hopkins Community! Please vote for EASM’s Diversity Innovation Grant for an Alumni Network Here!”

We held a disability-themed Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on International Day of People with Disabilities, Dec. 3, 2021

This past Dec. 3, 2021 EASM held its first annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in conjunction with 500 Women Scientists and sponsored by the Disability Health Research Center. Read more about it HERE in the Hopkins News-Letter and read some quote excerpts below about the event (and be sure to be on the lookout for the returnContinue reading “We held a disability-themed Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on International Day of People with Disabilities, Dec. 3, 2021”

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Want to find out more about the Equal Access in Science and Medicine committee? Have ideas for how we can improve? Contact us by email or join our Listserv for updates.