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Inner Ear Problem and Application to Med School

Discussion in 'Confidential Consult' started by aProgDirector, Dec 4, 2012.

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  1. aProgDirector

    aProgDirector Pastafarians Unite! Moderator SDN Advisor

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    You would only be required to disclose if your medical issue would interfere with the essential function list of the medical school. Something that happens this rarely I would think would not be reportable, and you certainly won't need any accomodations for it. That said, this is not my area of expertise, and we'll see what others comment.
  2. SLC

    SLC Lock, Step, & Gone

    Mar 24, 2010
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    I'm just a medical student, and only a 2nd year at that but it seems to me that Ménière's disease has a modest selection of treatment modalities at this point. From something as conservative as diuretics to vestibular nerve section.

    I would think that given that The disease can be (and often is) successfully treated, this really isn't the type of thing that schools should be concerned about!
  3. drno31


    Feb 1, 2012
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    Yea, I don't think it would be appropriate to give someone with episodes of vertigo like every 3 months a daily diuretic or any treatment for that matter.

    I don't know about reporting requirements or the severity of these episodes but depending on the author's preferred choice of specialty, this may be a non issue for the majority of his or her career. I'm interested, to the original poster, do you take any special precautions due to your condition when driving or doing anything similar? If you don't, I doubt there are any aspects of medical school that you would have to sit out.
  4. Leforte

    Leforte Member Moderator Gold Donor

    Feb 2, 2004
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    "Very occasionally I'll get a pang of really bad dizziness that will throw off my equilibrium for a couple of seconds."

    I would question the diagnosis of Meniere's. Have you seen an actual otolaryngologist? Obtained ECoG to confirm the diagnosis? Any changes in your audiogram? A few seconds of vertigo would be very atypical of Meniere's.

    We see it all the time from GPs - anyone with a dizzy complaint has Meniere's - and only a small percentage actually do.

    (Ed note: In general, SDN is not a source for medical opinions, but I think this is worth noting. However, let's not turn this into a discussion of what the OP's diagnosis actually is)
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