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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.

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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.’

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