Volunteer to Educate Healthcare Students about Disability

The Health Promotion/Healthcare Parity Program at the Nisonger Center is working to improve the quality of health care provided to people with disabilities by training healthcare providers about the needs of patients with disabilities and improving their attitudes towards this underserved population. A crucial component of educating healthcare students is including people with disabilities and their families. We are recruiting volunteers with disabilities with as much diversity as possible in terms of type and severity of disability, age, and advocacy experience to interact with medical and nursing students at OSU and help improve their knowledge of disability. If you or your child has a physical, developmental, sensory, mental, or mobility-related disability and are willing to meet with healthcare students, please consider becoming a volunteer to help improve the quality of care received by people with disabilities!

For more information, contact Susan Havercamp, PhD at Susan.Havercamp@osumc.edu.

To sign up as a volunteer, please download the fillable “Volunteer Recruitment” PDF form below. Fill in and save your information on the form, then e-mail the completed form to ann.robinson@osumc.edu. We will respond to you as soon as we can. If you have questions or would prefer to sign up over the phone, please call (614) 688-2928.



Standardized Patient Program

People with disabilities are also being recruited for the Standardized Patient program at the College of Medicine’s Clinical Skills Center. This is a paid work opportunity for adults. Standardized Patients (SPs) are persons who participate in mock doctor-patient encounters after being specifically trained to accurately and consistently recreate the history, personality, physical findings, and emotional structure and response pattern of an actual patient at a particular point in time. Including people with disabilities in these mock encounters provides an opportunity for medical students to gain experience working with people who have various types of disabilities. If you are interested in being a Standardized Patient, please find more information on the page below, including an application that is located on the left side tool bar. Contact Janie Boyer with questions: Janie.Boyer@osumc.edu