Applicants to medical schools who are deaf and hard of hearing (DHoH) or who have other disabilities face significant barriers to medical school admission. One commonly cited barrier to admission is medical schools' technical standards (TS) for admission, advancement, and graduation. Ethical values of diversity and equity support altering the technical standards to be more inclusive of people with disabilities. Incorporating these values into admissions, advancement, and graduation considerations for DHoH and other students with disabilities can contribute to the physician workforce being more representative of the diverse patients it serves and better able to care for them.
Argenyi, M. (2016). Technical standards and deaf and hard of hearing medical school applicants and students: Interrogating sensory capacity and practice capacity. AMA Journal of Ethics, 18(10), 1050–1059. https://doi.org/10.1001/journalofethics.2016.18.10.sect1-1610