Accommodations and Support

The Alpert Medical School values diversity and inclusion. We encourage students with alternative learning styles to apply and make every effort to ensure that all qualified applicants can take full advantage of the programs available here on campus. Our goal is to partner with our adult learners to provide a physically and educationally accessible environment to all students.

For those students with documented learning issues or physical disabilities, accommodations are available by request. Possible accommodations and services include, but are not limited to:

  • Examination modifications as necessary (usually in the form of 50% additional time)
  • Text books in alternate format (e.g. book scanning or E-books)
  • Access to tutors
  • Referral to off-campus neuro-psychological services for diagnosis
  • Referral to Student and Employee Accessibility Services 

Requesting Accommodations

Students are responsible for requesting accommodations in a timely manner so that the administration has ample time to make appropriate arrangements.

  1. Complete and submit an Accommodations Request Form.
  2. Ensure that all relevant documentation has been submitted to Lorrie Gehlbach.
  3. Make an appointment to discuss your request with Lorrie Gehlbach.

Other Student Responsibilities

AMS partners with students to best ensure academic success.  Students are responsible for proactively seeking to understand their own learning style and processes, and taking advantage of appropriate academic and personal support when necessary.  This may include maintaining medication regimens, meeting with our Learning Specialist consultant, and taking advantage of peer tutors. 

While in the preclinical years accommodations are managed centrally.  Once they progress into the clinical years, students are responsible for alerting each core clerkship early in the rotation that they have approved exam accommodations. 

Basic Information for Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), building on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, mandates that: no qualified person with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity which receives or benefits from federal financial assistance. According to federal regulations, otherwise qualified students with documented disabilities are entitled to equal treatment at institutions of higher education, and to reasonable accommodation if needed.

The academic program at Alpert Medical School represents essential core curricula. Students admitted should be capable of completing the full curriculum of required courses and electives under the established university policies. All students and applicants must be capable of meeting the technical standards for medicine for their program of study with or without reasonable accommodation.

Accommodations can be made for some disabilities, but all students must be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner. While aids and intermediaries may be accommodated they may not substitute for essential clinical skills or supplement clinical and ethical judgment. Thus, accommodations cannot eliminate, replace or stand in the stead of essential program elements. Students in the medical school have the right to file grievances/appeals alleging that they are being subjected to prohibited discriminatory treatment in a program or activity of the university based on their disability status.


Disability information is held in the strictest confidence. All documentation and correspondence concerning a student's disability are kept in a locked file at the Alpert Medical School. Once appropriate accommodations have been granted, those tasked with implementing those accommodations do not have access to a student’s diagnostic information.

All questions about accommodations should be directed to Lorrie Gehlbach.