How Medical School Perpetuates Ableism in Medicine

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The MightyHow Medical School Perpetuates Ableism in MedicineRead full articleAlicia PinkertonAugust 17, 2020, 1:10 AM·5 mins read Female medical student carrying books.Ten years ago on my very first day of medical school, I experienced an episode of vasovagal syncope (fainting), hitting my head on a door and slamming my chin into the floor. This caused me to knock my front tooth out of place and split my lip open. We hadn’t even started rounding on our patients, I fainted as we were introducing ourselves.I was admitted to the hospital for two days. The hospital I was assigned was 60 minutes from my apartment in Los Angeles. I was a newlywed and my husband and I moved across the country to attend different doctoral programs (An M.D. and a Ph.D.). We only had one vehicle, and that’s how I commuted to medical school. My husband had to get to the hospital via public transit (Metrolink train), and my new classmates whom I only met that day picked him up. I was grateful for the kindness of strangers. Then the hospital said he couldn’t stay overnight, but thankfully the head nurse set up a space on the cold hard …

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