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ADA Acknowledgement Form - All new entering students are required to complete this form.  For specific information on the essentials by program, please refer to the information below.

It is the policy of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and state and local requirements regarding students and applicants with disabilities. Under these laws, no otherwise qualified and competitive individual with a disability shall be denied access to or participation in services, programs, and activities of UTMB-Galveston solely on the basis of the disability.

The University of Texas Medical Branch is committed to equal opportunity for students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability or would like to obtain information regarding services for students with disabilities, a complete copy of the “Student with Disabilities: Guidelines for Compliance” may be obtained from the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity.

The following links will lead you to a description that describes essential functions (abilities) needed to complete each of the following curricula.

Observation (to include the various sensory modalities)

Students must be able to decode written documents and hear in situations when not able to read lips. Students must be capable of learning and assimilating laboratory skills. They must be able to accurately observe near and distant objects in order to learn techniques conduct experiments, and gather reliable data using a variety of sensory modalities. For instance, students must be able to observe and comprehend an instructor’s /mentor’s physical movements as they manipulate laboratory equipment, experimental animals, cells and reagents; a patient’s gait or verbal response; a chemical reaction or experimental results (e.g., color change, banding on gels, odor, viscosity, temperature); a microscopic or computer image or gross anatomical specimen. They must be able to process auditory information such as signals from instruments, animal vocalizations, and verbal input from instructors, colleagues or experimental subjects/patients. Students must be able to process, retain, and integrate information from a variety of sources, including, but not limited to: oral delivery by instructor(s) or student(s); blackboard data and diagrams; printed material (handouts, journals, manuals, books, medical records, computers, computer print-outs); PowerPoint presentations; overhead transparencies; slides; film and video segments; audio recordings; live demonstrations; one-to-one and group interactions in the classroom; demonstrations; and internet based or teleconferences.

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Communication

Communication skills are critically important in science, academics and research, since teaching is done, results are reported, and information is shared. Students must be able to communicate (speak, write, read, comprehend) effectively and efficiently in the English language. They must be capable of communicating the background, hypothesis, goals, results and interpretations of their research projects to other students, faculty and visitors. In addition, they must be able to communicate basic information in their area of research and related fields to other students, workers and visitors. They must be able to respond to questions asked or problems formulated and to ask pertinent questions in a one-on-one, small group or large group format.

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Psychomotor Skills

Students must have sufficient motor capacities and mobility to attend class. They must be able to manipulate a standard or adapted computer keyboard. Physically, they must be able to carry out laboratory experiments at a standard height or adapted laboratory bench. They must be able to dress in protective clothing such as lab coats and disposable gloves. Students must have sufficient motor capacity (e.g., strength, dexterity and coordination) to be able to use multiple types of laboratory equipment including but not limited to microscopes, centrifuges, spectrophotometers, computers, and dissecting/surgical instruments. Students must be able to independently retrieve from storage, lift, move and manipulate equipment (some of which is highly delicate and sophisticated with fine controls), animal cages, cans and bottles of reagents and other essential supplies as necessary to execute various types of experiments. If appropriate to their research, they may also have to become proficient in the handling of experimental animals. Students must also be able to perform fine motor tasks such as stereotactic surgery, dissections, or positioning of micropipettes or recording electrodes with the aid of micromanipulators. They must be able to handle, transfer and manipulate, using acceptable protocol, reagents in quantities as appropriate to their research, including hazardous materials such as radio labeled materials and hazardous chemicals.

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Intellectual and Cognitive Abilities

Students must be able to think creatively and systematically. They must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, synthesize, integrate, remember and apply information for the purposes of developing models, analyzing data, writing papers, and making presentations. Creative problem solving and reasoning require all of these intellectual abilities in order to generate and test hypotheses. Students must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of structures. They must be able to translate information from printed reports to actual hands-on laboratory experiences. This will involve the integration of their classroom experiences with those obtained from interaction with other scientists and trainees, from reports in the literature as well as knowledge developed from working in the laboratory. They must be able to apply information from these varieties of sources to their own research problems and generate and test working hypotheses. They must develop and sustain a strong motivation for biomedical research. They must be able to develop new techniques as needed to advance their research project. Each must become proficient in the statistical analysis and interpretation of experimental observations.

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Professional and Social Attributes

Students must exercise good judgment and promptly complete all responsibilities expected by the courses, curriculum and program in which they are enrolled. They must develop mature, sensitive and effective professional relationships with peers, colleagues and faculty, be able to function as a part of a team, and negotiate conflicts satisfactorily and fairly. They must be capable of significant workloads that require long hours, attention to detail, and accurate and thorough recording of experiments and data, hence students must be able to adapt positively to stress and assume responsibility and accountability for their actions. They must be able to adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, patience and open-mindedness, and function in the face of uncertainties and ambiguities. Concern for others, appreciation of the support of the public, competence in inter-personal relationships, and demonstrated motivation and commitment are expected of all students. Students must be able to focus their attention on activities and decision-making. They must show respect for research animals and valuable equipment. Each must conduct original research that is reproducible and reliable. They must be able to be punctual, tolerant of the views of others, and capable of assuming responsibility for their actions. They must be able to recognize and employ socially acceptable actions and behaviors corresponding to environmental and situational demands.

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Application of Legal/Ethical Principles and Professional Standards

Students must demonstrate the highest standards of professional ethics, attitudes and behavior in course work, laboratories and interactions with others. They must demonstrate honesty, integrity and reliability and adhere to standards reflecting the values and functions of the scientific profession. This includes a responsibility to acquire and share data in an honest and timely manner, rights of privacy, and respect for research animals and valuable equipment. Students must apply an ethical decision making process in their studies (e.g. writing of papers, data collection), avoid plagiarism and adhere to the other legal/ethical standards set forth by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Texas Medical Branch.

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Institute of Medical Humanities (IMH) Essential Functions

  1. IMH Graduate Students must be able to produce scholarly type written research papers based on seminars, research, and/or qualifying exams and theses within a reasonable frame.
  2. IMH Graduate Students must be able to physically IMH courses in our library in Old Red and at other locations on campus.
  3. IMH Graduate Students must be able to meet with professors in their offices and to attend bi-weekly seminars and journal club meetings.
  4. IMH Graduate Students must be capable of effectively reading and comprehending, visualizing, and interpreting texts and visual materials – printed, archival, and electronic.
  5. IMH Graduate Students must be able to effectively listen to, interpret, comprehend, and respond to lecturers, case conferences, and other forms of oral instruction.
  6. IMH Graduate Students must be able to effectively read, interpret and carry out verbal and written instructions with reasonable proficiency in the English language.
  7. IMH Graduate Students must be able to provide and receive constructive criticism to and from students and faculty in the classroom and in public settings.
  8. IMH Graduate Students must be able to effectively present bioethics and humanities information to colleagues, employees, and patients in various settings of an academic health science center.

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Master of Medical Science Program Essential Functions

Observation (to include the various sensory modalities)

Students must be able to decode written documents and hear in situations when not able to read lips. Students must be able to accurately observe near and distant objects in order to learn techniques conduct experiments, and gather reliable data using a variety of sensory modalities. Students must be able to observe and comprehend an instructor’s/mentor’s physical movements as they manipulate laboratory equipment, experimental animals, and reagents; a chemical reaction or experimental results; a microscopic or computer image or gross anatomical specimen. They must be able to process auditory information such as signals from instruments, animal vocalizations, and verbal input from instructors, colleagues or experimental subjects/patients. Students must be able to process, retain, and integrate information from a variety of sources, including: oral delivery; blackboard data and diagrams; printed material; PowerPoint presentations; overhead transparencies; slides, film and video segments; audio recordings; live demonstrations; one-to-one and group interactions in the classroom; demonstrations; and internet based or teleconference.

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Communication

Students must be able to communicate (speak, write, read, comprehend) effectively and efficiently in the English language. They must be capable of communicating the background, hypothesis, goals, results and interpretations of their research projects to other students, faculty and visitors. Students must be able to communicate basic information in their area of research and related fields to other students, workers and visitors. They must be able to respond to questions asked or problems formulated and to ask pertinent questions in a one-on-one, small group or large group format.

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Psychomotor Skills

Students must be able to manipulate a standard or adapted computer keyboard. They must be able to carry out laboratory experiments at a standard height or adapted laboratory bench. Students must be able to dress in protective clothing such as lab coats and disposable gloves. Students must have sufficient motor capacity to be able to use multiple types of laboratory equipment including microscopes, centrifuges, spectrophotometers, computers, and dissecting/surgical instruments. Students must be able to independently retrieve from storage, lift, move and manipulate equipment and other essential supplies as necessary to execute various types of experiments. If appropriate to their research, they may also have to become proficient in the handling of experimental animals. Students must also be able to perform fine motor tasks such as stereotaxic surgery, dissections, or positioning of micropipettes or recording electrodes with the aid of micromanipulators. They must be able to handle, transfer and manipulate, using acceptable protocol, reagents in quantities as appropriate to their research, including hazardous materials such as radio labeled materials and hazardous chemicals.

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Intellectual and Cognitive Abilities

Students must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, synthesize, integrate, remember and apply information for the purposes of developing models, analyzing data, writing papers, and making presentations. Students must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of structures. They must be able to translate information from printed reports to actual hands-on laboratory experiences. They must be able to apply information from a variety of sources to their own research problems and generate and test working hypotheses. They must be able to develop new techniques as needed to advance their research project. Students must become proficient in the statistical analysis and interpretation of experimental observations.

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Professional and Social Attributes

Students must exercise good judgment and promptly complete all responsibilities expected by the courses, curriculum and program in which they are enrolled. They must develop mature, sensitive and effective professional relationships with peers, colleagues and faculty. They must be able to function as a part of a team and negotiate conflicts satisfactorily and fairly. They must be capable of significant workloads that require long hours, attention to detail, and accurate and thorough recording of experiments and data. Students must be able to adapt positively to stress and assume responsibility and accountability for their actions. They must be able to adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, patience and open-mindedness, and function in the face of uncertainties and ambiguities. Students must be able to focus their attention on activities and decision-making. They must show respect for research animals, human subjects and valuable equipment. They must conduct original research that is reproducible and reliable. Students must be able to be punctual and tolerant of the views of others. They must be able to recognize and employ socially acceptable actions and behaviors corresponding to environmental and situational demands.

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Application of Legal/Ethical Principles and Professional Standards

Students must demonstrate the highest standards of professional ethics, attitudes and behavior in course work, laboratories and interactions with others. They must demonstrate honesty, integrity and reliability and adhere to standards reflecting the values and functions of the scientific profession. Students must demonstrate responsibility in acquiring and sharing data in an honest and timely manner. Students must apply an ethical decision making process in their studies, avoid plagiarism and adhere to the other legal/ethical standards set forth by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Texas Medical Branch.

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Nursing Doctoral Program Essential Functions

Observation (to include the various sensory modalities)

Students must be able to decode written documents and hear in situations when unable to read lips. They must be able to see objects up to 20 inches away. Students must be able to process, retain, and integrate information from a variety of sources, including, but not limited to: oral delivery by instructor(s) or student(s); blackboard data and diagrams; printed material (handouts, journals, manuals, books, medical records, computers, computer print-outs); PowerPoint presentations; overhead transparencies; slides; film and video segments; audio recordings; live demonstrations; one-to-one and group interactions in the classroom; demonstrations; and internet based or teleconferences.

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Communication

Students must be able to convey thoughts and ideas in writing and when speaking. They must be able to encode information into written form through some effective means, and have communication skills sufficient to make presentations. They must be able to speak, read, and comprehend effectively and efficiently in the English language. They must be capable of communicating the background, research questions, hypotheses, methods, results, interpretations and implications of their research projects to other students, faculty and visitors. In addition, they must be able to communicate basic information in their area of research and related fields to other students, faculty, and visitors. They must be able to respond to questions asked or problems formulated and to ask pertinent questions in a one-on-one, small group or large group format.

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Psychomotor Skills

Students must have sufficient motor capacities and mobility to attend class. They must be able to manipulate a standard or adapted computer keyboard.

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Intellectual and Cognitive Abilities

Students must be able to think creatively and systematically. They must be able to calculate, reason, analyze, synthesize, integrate, remember and apply information for the purposes of developing models, analyzing data, writing papers, and making presentations. Creative problem solving and reasoning require all of these intellectual abilities in order to generate and test hypotheses. Students must be able to translate information from printed reports to actual research projects. This may involve the integration of their classroom experiences with those obtained from interaction with other researchers and reports in the literature. Each student must be capable of becoming proficient in the statistical analysis and interpretation of their observations.

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Professional and Social Attributes

Students must be able to adapt positively to stress and assume responsibility and accountability for their actions. They must develop mature, sensitive, and effective professional relationships with others, function as a part of a team, and negotiate conflicts satisfactorily and fairly. Students must be able to focus their attention on activities and decision-making. They must be tolerant of the views of others, and capable of assuming responsibility for their actions. They must be able to recognize and employ socially acceptable actions and behaviors corresponding to environmental and situational demands.

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Application of Legal/Ethical Principles and Professional Standards

Students must apply an ethical decision making process in their studies (e.g. writing of papers, data collection), adhere to the practice standards of the nursing profession, adhere to the legal/ethical standards set forth by the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas, and participate in the legal/regulatory/social policy processes that influence health care and nursing practice and education. Students must demonstrate honesty, integrity, and reliability and adhere to standards reflecting the values and function of the scientific profession. This includes a responsibility to acquire and share data in an honest and timely manner, rights of privacy, and respect for human subjects.

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Population Health Sciences Essential Functions Special Needs

The Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health supports the opportunity afforded individuals with disabilities by The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and encourage potential students to explore their interests and consider the match between their abilities and the job requirements for a career in preventive medicine. The job description for Population Health Sciences (PHS) students describes the essential functions needed to successfully complete the Population Health Sciences (PHS) Program as well as the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program and prepare for entry-level practice.

If accepted into the program, students requiring accommodations for successful achievement are encouraged to identify their needs as soon as possible to enable instructors to provide reasonable accommodations. Guidelines for establishing a disability and requesting accommodations are contained in Students with Disabilities: An Institutional Policy (1997). For a copy of the policy and assistance with this process, students should contact the UTMB Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities (CSSD) at 301 University Blvd., Galveston, TX 77555-0106 or call 409-772-1463. Any information regarding a disability is considered confidential; only those individuals responsible for assuring the reasonable accommodations will have access to this information.

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Student Job Description

According to Students with Disabilities: An Institutional Policy (1997, p. 8), all candidates for degrees at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston must be able to perform the following essential functions with or without reasonable accommodations:

  1. Observation (to include the various sensory modalities) – accurately observe close at hand and a distance to gather data and learn skills.
  2. Communication – communicate effectively and efficiently; process and comprehend written material; proficient in English (written and oral).
  3. Psychomotor Skills – execute the various tasks and any physical maneuvers that are required within each curriculum or course.
  4. Intellectual and Cognitive Abilities – measure, calculate, reason, analyze, synthesize, integrate, remember and apply information; comprehend three dimensional relationships; and understand the spatial relationships of structures. Creative problem solving and scientific reasoning require all of these intellectual abilities.
  5. Professional and Social Attributes – exercise thoughtful judgment and promptly complete all responsibilities required of each curriculum or course; develop and maintain mature, sensitive, and effective professional relationships with others; function effectively under stress; adapt to changing environments; display flexibility; and function in the face of uncertainties and ambiguities. Express concern for others, interpersonal competence and motivation are requisite for all curricula or courses.
  6. Ethical Standards – demonstrate professional attitudes and behaviors; perform in an ethical manner in dealings with others. All PHS curricula require personal integrity and the adherence to the highest standards of professional conduct.
  7. In addition, students in the PHS Program including those in the MPH Program will need to perform the following essential cognitive, affective, and psychomotor functions, with or without reasonable accommodations:
    1. Process, retain, and integrate information from the following types of sources: oral delivery by instructor(s) or student(s); blackboard data and diagrams; printed material (handouts, journals, manuals, books, medical records, computers, computer print-outs); PowerPoint presentations; overhead transparencies; slides; film and video segments; audio recordings; live demonstrations; one-to-one and group interactions in the classroom; internet based or teleconferences; lab, equipment, and machinery; evaluation and intervention tools; and community-based preventive activities.
    2. Complete coursework that may require: independent mobility to various locations on and off campus and other geographic areas; individual, partnered, or group efforts; satisfactorily following written or oral instructions; recording personals opinions, knowledge, or ratings; verbalizing personal thoughts, feelings, and other opinions; instruction others; presenting oral reports; facilitating group discussions; role playing; managing time effectively; exposure to hazardous materials; and working with individuals with infectious diseases and terminal illnesses; working in potentially life threatening situations or with such agents.
    3. Take and pass in a timely fashion scheduled and pop quizzes, exams, practical demonstrations or other field assessments in a variety of formats.
    4. During the PHS educational experiences including those of the MPH Program, the student may be required to attend class or other learning sessions that meet at times other than conventional workday hours such as during the evening hours or on weekends. Students must be able to physically attend classes of up to three hours duration. Required learning experience may also involve relocation to other sites in Texas or surrounding states at the student’s expense.

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Lecture Essential Functions

Process, retain, and integrate information from the following types of sources:

  1. oral delivery/ reading by instructor(s) or student(s)
  2. blackboard data and diagrams
  3. printed material (handouts, manuals, texts)
  4. overhead transparencies
  5. slides
  6. film and video segments
  7. audio recordings
  8. live demonstrations
  9. computerized records
  10. Respond to questions asked or problems formulated. Ask questions pertinent to topic.
  11. Participate in large and small group discussions and tasks in a fashion that recognizes others needs to understand.
  12. Complete in-class exercises/activities that may require:
    1. recording personal opinions, knowledge, or ratings
    2. following written or oral instructions
    3. Present oral reports (planned or impromptu) or do role-plays or other active learning strategies.
    4. Take and pass tests in a timely fashion in a variety of formats, both written and computer-generated.
    5. Demonstrate the following professional behaviors:
      1. arrive punctually
      2. notify faculty if circumstances prevent attendance
      3. satisfactorily make up missed assignments
      4. assume responsibility for personal actions
      5. demonstrate functional level of self-confidence and assurance
      6. demonstrate the ability to be a cooperative and contributing member of the group
      7. tolerate the views of others
      8. state own opinions assertively
      9. establish priorities relative to assignments
      10. demonstrate honesty and personal integrity
      11. handle personal anxiety
      12. respect the rights of others
      13. handle numerous assignments and responsibilities simultaneously


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