The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) present a profile on Jerusha Mather, a PhD student in biomedical science, who has cerebral palsy and has ideas on how to improve the access for people with disabilities to medical education.
As one of the first people in Australia with cerebral palsy to undertake years of academic and medical training towards becoming a doctor, Jerusha Mather is concerned the pathway contains heretofore unconsidered barriers for people with disability.
The Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT), for example, is a written and timed exam followed by multiple mini interviews.
‘This causes a significant barrier for someone like me, with handwriting, reading and/or speech difficulties, because a person doing the GAMSAT test must able to annotate and speed-read,’ she told newsGP.
‘Even when provided with adjustments, the complexity and inflexibility of such a test make it an impossibility for those with physical and learning disabilities to complete under the current format.’