Stanford Conference on Disability in
Healthcare and Medicine
Saturday, April 22, 2023
8:00am - 3:30pm PT


Dear Community, 

Join us for the Fourth Annual Conference on Disability in Healthcare and Medicine on Saturday, April 22, 2023 via livestream and Zoom breakout groups! This virtual conference aims to support students and healthcare providers with disabilities, training healthcare providers to better care for patients with disabilities, and provide research into the intersection of providers and patients with disabilities.

This conference will be a deep learning opportunity for medical students, residents and fellows, medical doctors, nursing students and nurses, PA students and PA’s, hospital administration, and additional interested healthcare providers and allies.


Pete Poullos, MD and Ken Sutha, MD, PhD

8:00am - 8:20am

Opening Remarks

8:20am - 9:15am

Session 1: Training in Mental Health Care: Disabled Psychologists Talk Mentoring Disabled Trainees

Drs. Victor and Schmidt are clinical psychologists and academic research faculty at Texas Tech University. Their experiences completing doctoral training in psychology while living with disabilities have informed their clinical work, research practices, and approaches to mentoring disabled students and other trainees. In this session, Drs. Victor and Schmidt will share insights gleaned from their lived experiences and scholarly work on disability. Specifically, Drs. Victor and Schmidt will describe how their experiences have shaped their work, the lessons they’ve learned in supporting and advocating for disabled trainees, and recommendations for improving accessibility and inclusivity of graduate training in psychology and related fields.

9:15am - 10:10am

Session 2: Ethics and Disability in Medicine

Ethical dilemmas frequently arise in the care of patients with disabilities at Stanford and other hospitals nationwide. This session explores common ethical issues in providing accessible healthcare by discussing several complex cases. Attendees will have the opportunity to consider how ethical values such as autonomy, justice, and equity can shape clinical decision-making regarding patients with disabilities and complex medical needs. There will also be a chance to practice ethical reasoning skills through small group discussions of the cases.

10:10am - 10:20am

AM Break

10:20am - 11:15am

Session 3: Navigating Disability Identity and Activism in Medical Social Media Communities

Panelists from nursing and medicine—each with significant footholds in social media and disability advocacy in healthcare—discuss navigating community-building, conflict, personal presentation, multiple marginalized identities, and advocacy on #MedTwitter, Instagram, and other social platforms.

11:15am - 12:00pm


12:00pm - 12:55pm

Session 4: Research Based Theater: Disability Disclosure

In this workshop members of the AiTR team will perform scenarios depicting prevalent challenges to disclosure of disability experienced by medical students and professionals.

Afterwards, attendees of the session will have an opportunity to discuss and share knowledge /resources for navigating situations like those depicted in the scenarios. The scenarios will then be ‘replayed’ drawing on the knowledge and resources to explore empowering strengths-based outcomes.

12:55pm - 1:50pm

Session 5: Neurodiversity in Medicine

Neurodiversity is a concept that regards people with differences in their brain functions and behaviors are part of the normal variation of the human population. In this presentation, Dr. Fung will describe the strengths-based model of neurodiversity and how this is used to create neurodiversity-friendly environments in the field of medicine.

1:50pm - 2:00pm

PM Break

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Breakout Sessions

Option 1: Case Studies on Ethics and Disability in Medicine

In this breakout session, participants will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of ethical reasoning and apply those basic skills to paradigmatic cases involving patients with disabilities. Participants who choose to attend the breakout session should be prepared to actively participate in discussion of the cases discussed in the main ethics presentation.

Option 2: Autism Panel Discussion: Lived Experiences

In this breakout session, two neurodivergent medical students and one neurodivergent graduate student will share their personal and professional stories. The panelists will share how the diagnosis of autism has shaped them as future doctors. They will also share the unique challenges in their educational journeys.

2:45pm - 3:30pm

Synthesis and Action Items Session

3:30pm - 3:40pm

Closing Remarks