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Step-by-Step Guide to Teaching Medical Students to Care for Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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  • Posted on: 09.13.2013

Medical education programs are increasingly expected to address underserved or vulnerable populations and teach undergraduate medical students to be culturally competent. Including content on patients with disabilities can address these curricular elements. A critically important element of teaching patient care to vulnerable populations is giving students hands-on experience with the underserved population, in our case people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This guide provides sample objectives that can be met with such an encounter, a list of types of encounters that can be arranged, and specific suggestions on how to recruit volunteers for your encounter.