The University of Pittsburgh’s Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) strongly encourages students with disabilities to apply. Our program gives full consideration to all applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, sex, veteran status, national origin, creed, marital status, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We make every effort to ensure that qualified applicants with disabilities can take full advantage of our program.
Applicants under consideration for admission to the PSTP may disclose a disability and request accommodation during the admission process. Disclosure is not required. Applicants who choose to disclose a disability during the admission process should write, call, or visit the Senior Advisor for Medical Education (firstname.lastname@example.org) to facilitate arrangements.
Our policies and guidelines apply to students who self-identify a documented disability before or after formal acceptance as well as those who become disabled after enrollment. The School of Medicine and PSTP encourages students with disabilities to identify themselves as easily as possible so that reasonable accommodations for which they may be eligible can be determined and provided through the Office of Disability Resources and Services. Please keep in mind that the disclosure of a disability is completely voluntary and will be kept confidential. All enrolled students must possess the intellectual, physical and emotional capabilities described in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Technical Standards for the Doctor of Medicine Degree. Accommodations and assistive technologies will facilitate, but not obviate, the need to meet these standards.
The PSTP collaborates with the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Diversity Office and with the Office of Disability Resources and Services at Pitt to enhance recruitment, enrollment, and retention of underrepresented minority (URM) students including those with disabilities. The Office of Disability Resources and Services evaluates the need for and nature of accommodations to facilitate full participation in the program’s educational mission. Further resources can be provided by the University’s Center for Assistive Technology which develops assistive technology related to mobility, communication, and comfort. A disability shuttle is offered through the Office of Disability Resources and Services that can facilitate on-campus transportation.
No matter the disability, the PSTP will make every possible effort to provide accommodations and insure a positive experience!