Applicants with disabilities

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Medical schools need to consider the impact of a disability on an applicant’s fitness to practise medicine. This is because they have a responsibility to ensure that all students will be eligible for registration by the General Medical Council. Where possible, they will seek to make any reasonable adjustments to assist students who have specific health requirements and challenges.

If you have a disability, ensure that you declare this on the UCAS form by ticking the relevant box. Disclosing a disability on your form will not affect the screening of your application. If an offer is made, the medical school will discuss your requirements in detail and may also seek advice from its Occupational Health Service or Disability Unit.

If you are unsure about how your disability might fit into the application process, or into studying medicine, then do not hesitate to enquire directly with the medical schools you are considering. There is an obligation for medical schools to make reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities where the disability would not prevent the student from fulfilling the required competencies to graduate and practise as a doctor.

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