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Academic Success at the School of Medicine

Applying for Accommodations

The Zucker School of Medicine has an institutional commitment to provide equal educational opportunities for qualified students with disabilities who apply for admission to or are enrolled as students in its educational program. As part of a University with a history of leadership in student diversity and individual rights, the Zucker School of Medicine commits to full compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, including the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. A "qualified person with a disability" is an individual with a disability who meets the academic and technical standards required for admission to and participation in the Zucker School of Medicine's educational programs, with or without accommodation. Admitted candidates with disabilities are reviewed individually, on a case-by-case basis, with complete and careful consideration of all the skills, attitudes and attributes of the candidate to determine whether there are any reasonable accommodations or available options that would permit the candidate to satisfy the standards.

Application Procedure for Zucker School of Medicine Curriculum

If you are interested in applying for accommodations, please read the General Documentation Guidelines and fill out the Self Disclosure Form. Once you've completed the document, please make an appointment with Amber Chess (amber.chess[at] in OAS. 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 for which accommodations are proposed. Please use the accommodations checklist to assist in this process.The process of evaluating and facilitating accommodation requests is a collaborative effort between the candidate and the Zucker School of Medicine. To facilitate that process, the Zucker School of Medicine reserves the right to request new or additional information.

Application Procedure for USMLE

For information on how to register for test accommodations please visit the USMLE website: The Office of Academic Success is available to assist you through the process of applying for accommodations on the USMLE. Ideally, you should begin thinking about your USMLE accommodations application between years 1 and 2. Please contact Amber Chess (amber.chess[at] to make an appointment to discuss this process in greater detail.

According to the National Board of Medical Educators (NBME), documentation of a student learning evaluation must be within three years of the application date to be considered for an accommodation on a USMLE exam. Current students may request funds for a psychoeducational or psychosocial re-evaluation if the re-evaluation is needed to apply for accommodations on the USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2 CK, or USMLE Step 2 CS exam. To qualify for funding from the Office of Academic Success (OAS), the student must be currently receiving accommodations at the medical school and be working with the OAS to complete the Application for Accommodations through the NBME.  The student must not have had a similar evaluation within the last three years and must show a demonstrated financial need as defined by the Office of Student Finance. If you meet the criteria listed, please make an appointment with OAS.

Helpful Resources

Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science Education

Meeks, Lisa. UCSF School of Medicine USMLE Step Exam Guide (2018)

Meeks, Lisa & Jain, Neera. Communication Guide for Students With Disabilities (2017)

References to Other Related Policies and Pages

Accessible/Assistive Technology for Medical Students
Diversity and Inclusion
Policy on Equal Access to the Educational Program
Technical Standards
Financial Support for Learning Evaluations