Because the M.D. is a broad, undifferentiated degree which signifies that the holder is a physician within postgraduate training programs, it follows that graduates must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care. It is essential for good patient care to require minimum standards for the education of physicians.
In the admissions process, a medical school must judge, not only the scholastic accomplishments and potential of an applicant, but also the physical and emotional capacities of the applicant to meet the full requirements of the school's curriculum and to graduate as a skilled and effective practitioner of medicine. In assessing applicants for admission, it is also appropriate to consider the applicant's current physical and emotional status, cumulative and progressive disability, and drug-induced impairments that may pose obstacles to the safe application of the student's knowledge and skills or prevent effective interaction with patients. Applicants will be reviewed individually and on a case-by-case basis. No otherwise qualified individual with a handicap will be excluded from admission. In accordance with University policy and as delineated by Federal and Connecticut law, the Medical School does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on account of that individual's handicap or disability.
In order to complete the program and requirements of medical education, candidates for the M.D. degree must have sufficient somatic sensation and the functional use of the senses of vision and hearing to permit them to carry out the activities described in Sections I through V below.
Candidates' diagnostic skills will also be lessened without the functional use of the senses of equilibrium, smell and taste. Additionally, they must have sufficient exteroceptive sense (touch, pain, and temperature), sufficient proprioceptive sense (position, pressure, movement, stereognosis, and vibratory), and sufficient motor function to permit them to carry out the activities described in the sections that follow. They must be able to consistently, quickly, and accurately integrate all information received by whatever sense(s) employed, and they must have the intellectual ability to learn, integrate, analyze and synthesize data.