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Med Educ. 2000 Dec;34(12):994-1000.

Learning disabilities and medical schools.

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Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington DC 20007, USA.


Learning disabilities are a group of disorders that affect 10-15% of the general population and 3% of United States medical students. Medical students with learning disabilities are typically unaware of their disorder and may only learn of it when the pace of medical school curriculum overtakes what were previously successful study techniques. Despite the significant prevalence of this disorder, medical educators' awareness, understanding and provision of services for people with these disabilities are inadequate. This paper will present a medical student with a learning disability as a basis for discussion of the prevalence, classification systems and diagnostic testing methods for this disorder. Finally, recommendations for medical school administrative preparedness and accommodation of learning disability students will be presented, followed by a list of celebrated physicians with learning disabilities.

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