“I failed my Step 1 medical school board exam by 1 point. This was very hard for me to process, and I consistently wondered if I would have passed if I had just waited an additional week. This new challenge led me to reach out to a new resource: the disability office.
Never before had I considered my medical diagnosis of endometriosis and anxiety as a ‘disability.’ I had obviously done well enough to graduate college and get into medical school. Although, I never seemed to be able to achieve top grades in my class. I had always believed this was an explanation for being less intelligent than my peers. However, the disability office helped me realize that the standardized testing system was not equitable and did not allow me to do my very best in these exams. Through this experience, I realized that I do have a disability. All a disability means is that one is not able to achieve what other people without the disability can achieve.”
Stephanie E. Moss is a medical student.
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “Requesting disability accommodations in medical school.”
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