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Article led by medical student Lydia Smeltz, College of Medicine faculty published in Disability and Health Journal

Lydia Smeltz, medical student at Penn State College of Medicine, Tonya King, PhD, Ami DeWaters, MD, and several co-authors from other institutions recently published a manuscript in the Disability and Health Journal.

The aim of the study was to pilot and evaluate a novel teaching mnemonic (ADEPT-CARE) for performing a comprehensive history and physical exam for disabled patients amongst first-year medical students. All students reported an intention to use ADEPT-CARE when assessing patients with disabilities, suggesting that ADEPT-CARE has the potential to be an effective teaching tool.

Lydia Smeltz is a third-year medical student.

DeWaters is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of General Internal Medicine and interim director of the Health Systems Science Office.

King is an adjunct professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences’ Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics.

Lydia Smeltz and co-author Nora Newcomb are funded by the Alliance for Disability in Health Care Education. Lydia Smeltz and Ami DeWaters are funded by the Woodward Center for Excellence in Health Sciences Education (Penn State College of Medicine). Dana Rubenstein was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number TL1 TR002555. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.


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