Saturday 2 July 2011


Over the next few weeks, I'm going to try and find out some answers to the following questions. If you know the answer, or how I might find out, please let me know in the comments. If you'd like to add something else to the list, then leave a comment and I'll do my best.

- What support is available through the BMA for disabled med students
- How to access the BMA chronic illness matching scheme

- What adaptations have been made for people during their final clinical exams, especially those with pain / fatigue issues

- What some other people's experiences are of being a disabled medical student or junior doctor (if you'd like to write a guest post, let me know)
- What some examples of med schools being good at dealing with disabled students are
- What equipment is available for D/deaf and visually impaired/blind medics (I'm curious)

- How less-than-fulltime FY1/FY2 years are structured, other than the basic nights and weekends on a pro rata basis stuff (for example, will I end up doing 4 foundation years? will I have to apply for the last 2 as a locum, or will they be sorted out for me? etc)
- Whether Access to Work or Occupational Health can be any use in providing adaptations for the workplace, considering how short junior posts are


  1. Rhona MacDonald was running the matching scheme a few years ago, I talked to her about it at a Medsin conference. Don't know if she still is, but would suggest as a good first contact - was v helpful to me when I was thinking about doing medicine a few years ago.

  2. ATW will probably take *at least* 3 months to get anything, and have recently drastically cut what they can provide. Look on support from them as a bonus, but don't rely on it.

  3. Cool, I shall chase that up and see what I can find out. It keeps getting mentioned, but I can't find anything online. I'm sure my BMA rep friend will know, I should ask. Thanks =)

    And I wasn't really expecting anything much from ATW, but a girl can hope!