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ERIC Number: EJ1083809
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Practice Brief: Accommodating Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in Operating Room Environments--A Case Study
Meeks, Lisa M.; Laird-Metke, Elisa; Rollins, Mark; Gandhi, Seema; Stechert, Martin; Jain, Neera R.
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v28 n3 p383-388 Fall 2015
Increasing numbers of deaf students in the health professions require accommodations in the clinical setting to ensure effective learning and accurate communication. Although classroom learning barriers have long been identified and addressed, barriers to clinical education have been far less analyzed. Operating room clerkships, which include many competing auditory and visual stimuli, pose unique obstacles to deaf students. Disability Services worked collaboratively with other campus offices to accommodate a fourth-year medical student with almost complete hearing loss in an anesthesia clerkship who had limited knowledge of any manual language such as ASL. Accommodations implemented for the student are reviewed within the context of their successes and challenges, with the goal of providing a roadmap for future deaf graduate health sciences students in the operating room environment.
Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Medical Students, Surgery, Medical Education, Barriers, Allied Health Personnel, Disabilities, Health Sciences, Case Studies, Anesthesiology, Sign Language, Communication Problems, Laboratory Equipment, Video Technology, Clinical Experience
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