Visually Impaired

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  1. kd5qdf

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    Hey guys,

    I am a high school senior and am trying to decide if I should follow a pre-med track in college. One thing I am worried about is that I have an uncorrectable visual disability (acuity about 20 / 70). I have been able to adapt very well (I simply need to be closer to objects to seem them as well as those with perfect vision). To provide a standard of comparison, I have a driver's license and can sight read music in my school's top orchestra. In addition, I have not been hurt academically (I will be the valedictorian of a class of 1000, have been accepted into Yale early action, and have conducted organic chemistry research at my state university).

    I understand how difficult the medical school admissions process is, but I was wondering if my disability would hurt my chances of admission into medical school and/or would make it prohibitively difficult to succeed in medicine? I understand that I could never be a surgeon but am interested in oncology.
     
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    Hi Kd5qdf,

    This is tennisball80 and I'm a high school senior too. I do not have very eye vision either so I can understand how your situation could be.

    Since you have your driver license, I don't think it would be a great big deal during medical school admission. I will let other medical students or premeds to answer this question.

    Congratz to Yale acceptance. Just wondering, how did you conduct organic chemistry research at your state university as a high school senior ?

    This thread might you.
    http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=589389
     
  3. Terpskins99

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    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7318398

    Nothing is impossible. :thumbup:
     
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    With your level of vision loss, I would imagine you will have to mention it at interviews, and when you are accepted there are practical standards in terms of your motor ability etc.. but I can't imagine that in your case it would have any impact whatsoever. You will be fine. Wouldn't even give it a second thought.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7318398

    Good luck!
     
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    HAH! Beat ya to the punch. :p
     
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    Seeing as you have a drivers license, i figure it wouldnt be a problem.
    But seriously, you've already done research????
     
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    I received a research grant after being admitted into a research program connected with the University of Texas at Austin. I was working on the proton exchange membranes in direct methanol fuel cells, attempting to increase the conductivity of the membrane with various additive imidazole compounds. Since I am interested in entering an MD/PhD program and conducting research (along with patient care), the high school research experience was very helpful in ensuring my research aspirations (although it was a little difficult to get used to a graduate lab environment).
     
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    It really rare for a high school student to get such a good opportunity. I'm sure you have done a great research in the graduate lab environment. ;)

    In fact, being involving in research was one of my high school dreams.

    Did your teacher tell you the opportunity or you just found it from the school's website ?
     
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    I knew I wanted to do research and therefore took it upon myself to find a good program. I received help from my AP Chem teacher when I applied, but the burden of finding the program fell upon myself.

    Thanks for all the help!

    Any more thoughts?
     
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    Oh and I don't know if I should disclose my disability to undergraduate school.
    I get extra timing and whatnot of some accommodation if I do, but I don't want to feel special or have people think I am special.
     
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    If your disability will affect your classes, then you should disclose it to your university. If you go to a big school, these accommodations and services are usually pretty confidential, so not too many people will even know about it.
     
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    Exactly, Definitely disclose it though to your undergraduate school once you enroll. Accepting the services can only help you.

    Also, knowledge of any accommodations you will receive should be treated on a "need-to-know" basis. The disability dept. at your future school, your professors, and you (of course) are "need-to-know". No one else should have the right to disclose anything without your consent.

    Classmates who may judge you if they knew: Your accommodations are none of their damn business anyway.
     
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    Hi
    I have a question, were you able to get in any medical school or your condition put u in negative place. I am in same situation and wondering my chances of getting in med school.
    Thanks
     
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    I don't think the corrective lenses is an issue at any medical school admission. And I doubt OP will answer considering he last came here 6 years ago.
     
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    I second that the original poster is very unlikely to return, as this thread was created in 2009 and hasn't had any activity since then. However, I will add that medical schools have something called technical standards, which are physical requirements every student must meet. I would encourage you to google them for a few medical schools and see if you satisfy them. If you are able to satisfy technical standards, then your condition will in no way harm you in the admissions process.
     

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