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the learner may be placed on a mandated leave of absence or be dismissed from the UIWSOM at
               the discretion of the Dean.



               Essential Functions of Osteopathic Medical Students

               Successful participation in and completion of the UIWSOM Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
               program includes the ability to perform essential cognitive, affective, communication, and
               psychomotor functions critical to the delivery of high-quality, ethical healthcare services. These
               functions are expected to be continuously demonstrated continuously by all learners, with
               reasonable accommodation as necessary. Prior to matriculating in the DO program, learners are
               required to confirm their ability to meet all of these essential functions. Learners are responsible
               for providing a written accommodation of any disability, along with the evidence for the need of
               accommodation. Requests for accommodations will be considered by the Associate Dean for
               Student Affairs in collaboration with the UIW Office of Student Disability Services.


               Essential Requirements for Osteopathic Medical Education

               UIWSOM recognizes that the DO degree necessitates the attainment of the required level of
               knowledge, skills, and attitudes in all fields of medicine needed to care for patients. Osteopathic
               medical students must assimilate knowledge, gain skills, and develop judgment through
               experiential learning in order to prepare for independent and appropriate practice decision-
               making. In addition, the practice of medicine requires collaboration among and cooperation with
               patients and their families, physicians, and other health care professionals.

               UIWSOM selects learners based on identified requirements and essential functions for
               admission, retention, promotion and graduation. With the goal of graduating competent and
               caring people who can practice patient-centered, safe and effective medical care, the following
               technical standards have been developed to reflect the crucial association of medical education to
               the practice of medicine.

               Technical Standards

               The Technical Standards encompass a spectrum of physical and mental activities and skills
               (cognitive, behavioral and physical abilities) that all candidates and learners must possess with or
               without reasonable accommodation for performing on practice partners such as standardized
               patients or classmates as well as patients in a clinical setting. These essential abilities cannot be
               compromised without fundamentally threatening a patient’s safety and well-being, UIWSOM
               educational mission and the osteopathic professional social contract. Candidates and learners
               must also be able to perform these abilities and skills in a reasonably independent manner.
               Activities and skills include the following categories:  1) sensory (visual, hearing, tactile,
               olfactory); 2) motor; 3) intellectual; 4) communication; 5) behavioral and social.

               Sensory
               Visual:  Candidates and learners must have sufficient visual capabilities for the purposes of
               observation.  Observation includes the ability to visualize educational demonstrations and
               laboratory activities related to applied biomedical science and clinical activities.  This includes


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