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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 04/09/99
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Patient Awareness Week Is April 12-16

Cincinnati—To understand more about their patients, medical students at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine are assigned a disability or illness and experience what it is like to live with a medical problem. The Cincinnati chapter of the medical student organization "Doctors Ought to Care" (DOC) is sponsoring a week of activities designed to provide first-year medical students with a greater sensitivity to what a patient with a disability or illness is experiencing.

The list of disabilities to simulate for a week include: diabetes, blindness, deafness, stroke, or broken bones. Students may also choose to walk on crutches or be wheelchair bound for one day. Medical students with broken bone assignments will receive casts on their arms or wrists on Monday, April 12, at 2:30 p.m. (Room E-300, Medical Sciences Building). Throughout the week, patients will speak to students about their experiences at presentations in the Medical Sciences Building. Discussions are: Monday - "Living life with a disability" (room 5051); Tuesday - "Raising a child with a developmental disability" (room E-351); Wednesday - "Regaining everyday skills after a stroke" (room E-351); and Friday - "Adapting to life with paralysis" (Room E-351). The Medical Sciences Building is located at 231 Bethesda Avenue.

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