The MDisability summer internship is a University of Michigan Medicine, Department of Family Medicine program focused on the inclusion of people with disabilities in research, medical education, clinical care, and community engagement. The nine-week summer internship provides students and recent graduates with opportunities to develop basic research skills; work with researchers and clinicians specializing in disability health; gain exposure to disability-related health policy; learn clinical care best practices to improve health outcomes and access to care for this patient population; and engage in community and medical education-based disability projects.
The MDisability summer internship was developed to increase the representation of researchers and clinicians interested in disability health to tackle long-standing health inequities in primary care.
“The MDisability Program is among the very few programs in this country that introduces students to a unique blend of disability health research education, hands-on activities with faculty, and critical insight on what it means to care for people with disabilities,” McKee said. “It’s rewarding for me to mentor students who want to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. We’ve created critical momentum in changing how future medical professionals will care for people with disabilities." [Director Dr. Michael McKee]