A new effort is underway to better prepare future doctors and other health care professionals to treat people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living has allocated $1.75 million over the next five years toward the initiative, which will bring together five universities to study existing trainings and develop materials and standardized practice experiences that can be incorporated into the curriculum for students in medical education.
“Unfortunately many medical schools do not include content about the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities into their curriculum for health care students. This all too often leads to poorer health outcomes,” said Julie Hocker, commissioner of the Administration on Disabilities at the Administration for Community Living. “This grant will work to close this critical gap.”