Disability Services

UMMS supports students with a range of disabilities. We want prospective and current students to know that if they need disability support, resources are available. The Learning & Accessibility services team is available to help navigate barriers you encounter in medical school caused by disabilities -- whether that disability pre-existed, develops while at school, or is recognized for the first time during your time here.

Through the collaboration of individuals with disabilities and the dedicated teamwork of members of the UMMS community, we engage in an interactive, iterative process to explore reasonable and appropriate accommodations. 

If you believe you need accommodations, please be encouraged to reach out to our Learning and Accessibility team for a private discussion about barriers related to disability that you encounter in medical school.

Learning & Accessibility Services Team: Manager - JT Sangsland, M.Ed.   Specialist - Jensen Whitmore

If you think you need accommodations and have not spoken to the Learning and Accessibility team, please contact the Learning and Accessibility manager to set up a private meeting time. 

The Learning and Accessibility team will ask about concerns that you have, and any previous accommodation history, and provide documentation when necessary. Accommodations are NOT provided retroactively. It is your responsibility to notify the Learning & Accessibility team of any needs that arise. Your partnership is vital in the iterative process of uniting curriculum, determining barriers, and appropriate accommodations. 

If you have a complaint or a dispute related to your requests for reasonable accommodations, there is a Grievance Process in which you may submit that concern. You can find that in the Resolving Accommodations Concerns section below.

Acute Illness Support

At times, we experience illnesses and/or injuries that can make it difficult to manage workload and schedules. In the event of acute illness or injury without disability, you must follow the acute illness management instructions, which include notification of Student Services, informing necessary clinical and/or educational teams and gaining appropriate authorization (e.g. from clerkship directors). Learn more. For subacute and chronic illnesses that do not cause disability but require ongoing scheduled care appointments, please contact your counselor to discuss whether or not a wellness verification form is appropriate for you.

Temporary Injuries
Students with temporary injuries (such as a broken limb, concussion or surgery recovery) can reach out to the Learning & Accessibility team and discuss the possibility of receiving accommodations on a temporary basis. Students with temporary injuries can meet with a team member prior to submitting documentation. In some situations, provisional accommodations may be appropriate and are typically approved for a set time and revisited when necessary.

The University of Michigan Medical School, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The University of Michigan Medical School is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, no qualified person will be denied access to, participation in, or the benefits of, any program or activity operated by the University because of disability. The University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS) will not discriminate against a qualified individual because of the known disability of another individual with whom the qualified individual is known to have a relationship or association. To ensure the University is in compliance with the ADA, the University engages in an interactive, iterative process to explore reasonable and appropriate accommodations. This includes a thoughtful analysis of the student’s needs, UMMS technical standards, curriculum, and legal obligation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Implementation of accommodations is a joint responsibility shared by UMMS, the student, and the faculty.

The University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS) is committed to the full and meaningful inclusion of students with disabilities. The Office of Medical Student Education (OMSE) Learning and Accessibility Services provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations to medical students with disabilities. Questions and concerns related to UMMS accommodations should be immediately brought to the attention of the OMSE Learning & Accessibility team. The OMSE Learning & Accessibility team reviews a student’s application for accommodations and concerns and will engage in the iterative process, with applicable UMMS faculty and staff as needed, of uniting curriculum, student, and the removal of barriers.

How to address and resolve an Accommodation Concern:

  1. Learning and Accessibility Team - Students should discuss their concerns with a member of the Learning and Accessibility team. The Learning and Accessibility team recommends the student emails the team as soon as possible to schedule a time to meet to discuss any concerns and questions they may have. This conversation may start a new interactive process in an attempt to determine what reasonable accommodation addresses the disability-related barriers a student identifies. If the student still has questions or concerns about the determination made regarding their accommodation request they should proceed to the following step.

  1. Assistant Dean for Student Services - The student must email a written appeal to the Assistant Dean for Student Services within 15 business days detailing the questions and concerns a student still has after completing step one. The Assistant Dean for Student Services, or her designee, will review the student’s written appeal, which includes having a meeting with the student, and will respond in writing within 15 business days following receipt of the written appeal. 

  1. ADA Coordinator - The student should submit a written appeal within 15 business days to The ADA Coordinator in the Office of Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX (ECRT) by email at institutional.equity@umich.edu. OIE will consult with the student, the Assistant Dean for Student Services, and any other relevant stakeholders or entities to address the student's concerns.

  1. Department of Civil Rights - If a student’s questions or concerns have not been addressed by any of the above steps, the student may choose to file a complaint with the State of Michigan’s Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) Commission. The MDCR will accept complaints and investigate according to their policies and procedures.

False Allegations:

Intentionally making false accusations can have a negative impact on the individuals involved and the community. An individual who knowingly and intentionally files a false complaint under this policy is subject to discipline.

Learning & Accessibility Team
JT Sangsland, M.Ed.
1135 Catherine Street 5100 THSL
Ann Arbor, MI

Assistant Dean of Student Services
Erin McKean, M.D., M.B.A.
1135 Catherine Street 5100 THSL
Ann Arbor, MI|

Medical School Mental Health Services
University Hospital
Ann Arbor, MI

Office of Equity, Civil Rights, & Title IX (ECRT)
2072 Administrative Services
1009 Greene Street

Office of Student Conflict Resolution
Michigan Union, Rm 4354
South State St
Ann Arbor, MI

Office of the Ombuds
6015 Fleming Administration Building
503 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, MI

Michigan Department of Civil Rights
Detroit Service Center - Cadillac Place
3054 West Grand Boulevard, Suite 3-600
Detroit, MI 48202