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Reasonable adjustments: your stories

Feedback from the review has shown that students and doctors in training feel more could be done to improve how reasonable adjustments are managed.

We have gathered some personal accounts from disabled students and doctors on reasonable adjustments made throughout their medical careers.

These personal stories focus on:

  • positive experiences and challenges faced
  • types of reasonable adjustments provided
  • the transition between different stages of medical education and training
  • suggested changes to improve support for disabled students and doctors.

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We would like to thank all those who have contributed.

If you too would like to share your experience of reasonable adjustments during your medical education and training, please let us know on 0161 923 6602 or education@gmc-uk.org.

Your stories

The anonymised accounts in the three tabs below give personal views of experiences of reasonable adjustments.

1. Students

Link to story Summary
Student 1 Amina* is a final year medical student with a mental health condition
Student 2 Karen* is a Year 2 medical student with dyslexia
Student 3 Janice* is a Year 3 medical student with a mental health condition, currently not in studies
Student 4 Jennifer* is a Year 4 medical student with diabetes mellitus type 1
Student 5 Sarah* is a final year medical student with a mental health condition
Student 6 Adam* is a Year 1 medical student with visual impairment
Student 7 Tom* is a Year 2 medical student with dyslexia

* not real name

 

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2. Doctors in training

Link to story Summary
Trainee 1 Alison* is a less than full time (LTFT) GP trainee with lymphoedema of dominant arm
Trainee 2 Cath* is a GP trainee with right side hearing loss/facial paralysis
Trainee 3 Ann* is a Foundation trainee with mobility issues, not currently in training
Trainee 4 Ben* is a Foundation trainee with dyslexia and depression
Trainee 5 Rebecca* is a Public health trainee with visual impairment

* not real name

Stories from less than full time GP trainees

The London School of General Practice has gathered stories from four trainees about their experiences of reasonable adjustments as part of our review:

GP trainees with disabilities or long term illness (pdf)

 

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3. Doctors

Link to story Summary
Doctor 1 Michael* is a GP Principal with colour vision deficiency
Doctor 2 Juliet* is a GP locum with sickle cell anaemia
Doctor 3 Tina* is a Consultant anaesthetist with physical/neurological disability post metastatic disease
Doctor 4 Patricia* is a GP Principal with progressive bilateral sensorineural hearing loss
Doctor 5 Scott* is a Consultant anaesthetist/critical care with above right knee amputation and left knee damage
Doctor 6 Ruth* is a Consultant in public health medicine with physical disability (now retired)
Doctor 7 Stephen* is a GP Principal with colour vision deficiency (now retired)
Doctor 8 Paul* is a GP Principal with colour vision deficiency (now retired)

* not real name

 

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