Equal Access to the School of Medicine's Educational Program

The Emory University Physician Assistant Program intends for its students and graduates to become competent and compassionate clinicians who will meet all requirements for medical licensure.

The Program has an institutional commitment to provide equal educational opportunities for qualified students with disabilities who apply for admission to the program, with a strong commitment to full compliance with state and federal laws and regulations (including the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990). Admitted candidates with disabilities are reviewed individually, on a case-by-case basis. Accommodation is not reasonable if it poses a direct threat to the health or safety of self and/or others, if making it requires a substantial modification in an essential element of the curriculum, if it lowers academic standards, or poses an undue administrative or financial burden. Admitted candidates who have a disability and need accommodations should initiate discussions with the Office of Accessibility Services as soon as the offer of admission is received and accepted.



Process

As stated above, admission and promotion at the School of Medicine is conditional on the candidate’s having the willingness and ability to satisfy the technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Admitted candidates who have a disability and need accommodations should initiate discussions with the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) as soon as the offer of admission is received and accepted. It is the responsibility of a candidate with a disability to provide sufficiently current information documenting the general nature and extent of his/her disability, and the functional limitations proposed to be accommodated.

Should a candidate have or develop a condition that would place patients, the candidate, or others at risk or that may affect his/her need for accommodation, that candidate should receive an evaluation. As in initial assessments, a complete and careful reconsideration of all the skills, attitudes, and attributes of each candidate will be performed.