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Applicants for Medical School Partners to Receive $25K in Funding

in Rick Rader MD, Info Blast

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The National Curriculum Initiative in Developmental Medicine (NCIDM) is an ongoing partnership between Special Olympics International (SOI) and the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD). You can learn more about the project below.

Rick Rader, MD
AADMD VP of Policy and Advocacy


Applicants For Medical School Partners To Receive $25K In Funding

The National Curriculum Initiative in Developmental Medicine (NCIDM) is an ongoing partnership between Special Olympics International (SOI) and the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD). The goal of this project is to provide training to medical students in the field of Developmental Medicine – the care of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) across the lifespan.

As part of this project, medical schools can apply to become Medical School Partners, which will receive $25,000 in funding to design and implement curriculum enhancements. There will be 12 Medical School Partners over the course of four years. The first cohort is the University of Louisville, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Colorado. The project is currently recruiting medical schools to be a part of the second cohort, which will be announced in January 2018.

Self-advocates and family advocates are an important part of this project. Each Medical School Partner is working directly with multiple community partners in an effort to bring the voices of people with IDD and their caregivers to medical students. These conversations are a critical step in improving the healthcare of people with IDD. For more information about the NCIDM project, please contact Dr. Chandan at priya.chandan@louisville.edu or visit https://aadmd.org/page/ncidm-medical-student-education.

Dr. Priya Chandan, MD, MPH is a physician-researcher who is passionate about improving healthcare for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville and the Project Coordinator for AADMD’s NCIDM project. Personally, she has an older brother with Down syndrome, who has had the greatest influence on her career path and research interests.

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