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President & Dean Alicia Ouellette's co-authored paper,
"U.S. Medical Schools' Compliance With the Americans With Disabilities Act: Findings From a National Study," recently received the 2018 Best Research Paper Award at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine's (STFM) Annual Spring Conference.
The award recognized the best research paper—based on the quality of research and its impact—published by an STFM member in a peer-reviewed journal between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. Lead author Philip Zazove, M.D., chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, accepted the award May 7 in Washington, D.C.
Academic Medicine in 2016, found that many medical schools across the country failed to provide reasonable accommodations for students and prospective students with disabilities. In the paper, the authors said their findings "illustrate a concerning state of affairs as we celebrate the ADA's 25th anniversary."
Their analysis of 173 medical schools, from 2012 to 2014, showed that:
Dean Ouellette's research focuses on health law, disability rights, family law, children's rights, and human reproduction. She has authored numerous articles in academic journals such as the
American Journal of Law and Medicine,
Hastings Center Report,
American Journal of Bioethics,
Hastings Law Journal,
Indiana Law Journal, and
Oregon Law Review.
In 2017, Dean Ouellette published
"Barriers to Physician Aid in Dying for People with Disabilities" in the international journal
Laws. The prior year, she co-authored the aforementioned award-winning study on ADA compliance at medical schools in
Academic Medicine as well as
"Medical Schools' Willingness to Accommodate Medical Students with Sensory and Physical Disabilities: Ethical Foundations of a Functional Challenge to 'Organic' Technical Standards" in
AMA Journal of Ethics. She is the author of the book
Bioethics and Disability: Toward a Disability-Conscious Bioethics (Cambridge University Press 2011).
Dean Ouellette earned an A.B. at Hamilton College and a J.D. from Albany Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the
Albany Law Review.