MD Accessibility Services

In order to progress through Tufts University School of Medicine, MD students must be able to comply with the Tufts University School of Medicine technical standards, as well as all matriculation, promotion and graduation requirements. The MD Office of Student Affairs works with students to provide reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities covered under the ADA. For more information please reference Tufts University Office of Equal Opportunity.

In accordance with the Tufts University School of Medicine policies and State and Federal regulations students with documented disabilities covered under the ADA are considered eligible for accommodation after completing the required paperwork and meeting with a student affairs dean. All accommodations must be requested in writing by the student and must be pertinent to the student’s documented disability. Accommodations must not substantially alter the program, intent, process, nor be an administrative burden to execute for the parties involved.

    1. Complete the Request for Accommodation form.
    2. Submit current required documentation administered by a qualified healthcare professional, providing clear and specific evidence that a disability exists.
    3. Submit the appropriate form for your disability or religious accommodation request (when applicable). Submission of all documentation by the student and licensed professional should occur prior to the beginning the academic year (or anytime when a new chronic disability is documented, though “back accommodations” cannot be provided).
    4. You will be contacted by the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) within one (1) week of all required documentation being received confirming your request is complete. 
    5. Your request will then be review by the appropriate student affairs deans. Requests for accommodations may be shared for review and approval by a consulting licensed professional in the relevant field.
    6. Following this review, you will meet with a student affairs dean to discuss accommodation options and to provide feedback.
    7. After meeting with the OSA, your approved accommodations will be documented and provided to you in writing for agreement.
  • For Learning Disabilities:

    • Verification of prior Accommodations (when applicable)
    • Current neuropsychological testing* by a licensed professional within the past three years
    • If you received accommodations on SAT and/or MCAT please a copy of that approval

    For Qualifying Chronic Health Disabilities:

    • Medical Providers Verification of Chronic Health Disability form. (Students with documented visual, hearing, other physical disabilities or mental health disabilities are required to submit the most current evaluation from their medical and academic providers.)
    • Verification of prior Accommodations (when applicable)
    • Current neuropsychological testing* by a licensed professional within the past three years (when applicable)

    For Temporary Accommodations:

    • Written diagnostic report from a licensed clinical professional that includes client history, DSM diagnosis, level of severity, symptoms, functional limitations (be as descriptive as possible), diagnostic procedures, treatment plan (types and frequency) and recommendations for accommodations in academic and clinical settings. Documentation must be on providers official letterhead.

    For Religious Accommodations:

    * A neuropsychological assessment is required to evaluate students for impairments including but not limited to: brain injury, learning disabilities, generalized anxiety disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). These batteries should include aptitude and achievement tests.

  • Guidelines for USMLE Accommodation Request

    Guidelines for applying for medically necessary additional break time only

    Step 1 accommodation requests must be completed by October 15th of year two of medical school.

    Step 2 accommodation requests must be completed by December 15th of the first clinical year of medical school.

Questions regarding Medical School Accommodations can be directed to:

Office of Student Affairs

John Matias, M.Ed.
Associate Dean of Enrollment Services
Phone 617-636-6534

Amy Kuhlik, M.D.
Dean of Student Affairs
Phone 617-636-6534

Office of Equal Opportunity

Amin Fahimi Moghadam
OEO Accommodations Specialist