CUSM is committed to full compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (PL 93–112) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA PL 101–336) enacted by Congress in 1990 (Nondiscrimination based on Disability). Upon acceptance, students must attest to their ability to meet those standards with or without reasonable accommodations. Their signature notes this acknowledgment on a copy of the school's Technical Standards.
Accepted applicants to CUSM must be able to complete all requirements inherent in and leading to the MD degree. CUSM has adopted technical standards for assessing all accepted applicants to ensure this. Because the MD degree implies the practice of medicine, the graduates must know and master the skills to function in a wide variety of clinical situations and to administer a broad spectrum of patient care.
Functional senses are critical for the diagnostic skills of the MD and other healthcare providers. Therefore, the candidates for the MD program must have somatic sensations and functional senses of vision, smell, taste, and hearing. Additionally, they must have sufficient function of touch, pain, and temperature and adequate proprioceptive sense (position, pressure, movement, stereognosis, and vibratory). Good motor function is also critical since it permits them to perform outpatient examinations and other medical skills. They must consistently, quickly, and accurately integrate all the information they gather from their patient and employ it while inspecting the patient. They must be intellectually able to learn, integrate, analyze, and synthesize information and data logically to reach an accurate diagnosis. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation, are all personal qualities that should be assessed during admissions and education.
In addition, the candidate for the MD degree must have the following five skills * :
* Technological accommodations can be made for some disabilities in some of these areas, but a candidate should be able to perform reasonably independently.
The candidate must be able to observe demonstrations and experiments in the basic sciences, including but not limited to physiologic and pharmacologic demonstrations, microbiologic cultures, and microscopic studies of microorganisms and tissues in normal and pathologic states. A candidate must also be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand. Observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision and somatic sensation. The functional use of the sense of smell enhances it.
A candidate must:
- Demonstrate judgment and emotional health stability to utilize their intellectual abilities fully.
- The exercise of sound judgment and prompt completion of all responsibilities and tasks attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients.
- Communicate and relate to patients, their families, and healthcare personnel sensitively and professionally.
- Work effectively and professionally as part of the healthcare team.
- Be able to adapt to changing environments.
- Display flexibility and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients.
- Readily be willing and able to examine any patient regardless of the patient's age, disability, national origin, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, or political beliefs.
- Maintain regular, reliable, and punctual attendance for classes and clinical responsibilities.
- Contribute to collaborative, constructive learning environments, accept constructive feedback from others, and respond with appropriate modification.