Medical Student Education

The National Curriculum Initiative in Developmental Medicine (NCIDM) phase II is a five year partnership between Special Olympics International (SOI) and the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) to refine and build upon the original NCIDM phase I project. The goal of the NCIDM phase II 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. Medical School Partners will be selected to receive a $25,000 grant to implement curriculum enhancements aimed at addressing gaps in medical education regarding serving patients with IDD.

The NCIDM phase II project combines the expertise of many physicians from different disciplines dedicated to serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with the local resources of medical schools so as to enhance current medical school curriculum with discrete focus on the care of this patient population. Each participating medical school is given access to the same basic set of IDD-related resources and testing materials, but is also given the latitude to design an educational approach that will fit within the milieux of their specific medical education framework.

Ultimately our hope is that other medical schools will be able to learn from the experience of phase II Medical School Partners and will, themselves, implement curriculum changes specific to the care of children and adults with IDD.

 

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