Stopping Discrimination for Those With Diabetes in Schools
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Hello, I am reaching out to anyone who is willing to listen and help me with my situation. I have tried for years now doing the right thing and talking to whoever I could about my situation, but have been meet with silence for such a long time. I have dealt with illegal activities after becoming a diabetic, unethical conduct, and a plethora of other issues all while trying to achieve my dream of becoming a doctor. All I want is justice and my dream not to die for a problem that I had no control over. I was diagnosed with type 1.5 diabetes in December of 2013, after almost falling into coma and needing to be rushed to a hospital. This is a rare form of diabetes where you have a latent autoimmune disorder attacking your pancreas, it is seen in many thin individuals, and you show similarities to type 1 and type 2 diabetics. At the time I was on break from attending medical school at the accredited American University of Antigua. After being diagnosed I spoke to a medical team, I was given medical supplies, and my nutritionist at the time told me I should be okay at a medical school since I should have what I need there. Unfortunately, this could not be further from the truth. While attending I had no access to medical supplies: https://www.auamed.org/aua-opens-medical-clinic-campus/ http://antiguaobserver.com/memorial-service-today-for-aua-student/ http://antiguaobserver.com/medical-student-seriously-injured-in-one-car-crash/ At the time, I did not realize this but this school was sued by students in the supreme court: http://www.law360.com/articles/679258/med-student-files-discrimination-suit-against-caribbean-univ http://www.leagle.com/decision/In%20FDCO%2020121219B80/PAHUJA%20v.%20AMERICAN%20UNIVERSITY%20OF%20ANTIGUA I spoke to members of AUA's faculty and they told me they would give me a transfer letter that would allow me to come to schools to the states in August of 2014. This was due to the fact they had no access to supplies and they said students should be able to transfer to the states. A man by the name of Tim Donnelly promised me that letter and I have emails to prove it. I tried applying to schools in the states, and I figured with the letter I should have been able to get in as long as I had the same criteria as anyone else. Since I had great grades in undergrad, and I assumed schools would look at my transcript holistically and understand my situation. I even had staff members tell me that the semester I got sick would not be held against me. Unfortunately, what you hear about medical schools in the US is not true: ----------Jun 9 to ()(), I’m sorry that you are running into so much difficulty. Seeing the poor performance at the Caribbean school really jaded several of the committee members and no about of debate regarding your illness swayed any to offer you an acceptance. Taking graduate courses will not override the F’s in the Medical School Courses. The only recourse I have ever heard offered to your situation is to appeal to the school so that you will return to retake the course work…More times than not if you wanted to transfer from the Caribbean School it would only be possible after taking and scoring VERY Well on the Step 1 Exam. If you can possibly arrange to have a long term supply of your medication (some of mine that I take are given to me for 3 months at a time) then this would be a way around your situation. What are some other avenues you might take to redirect your path toward a career in Medicine? -- Drexel University College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies245 North 15th StreetMailstop 344; Room 4104 NCBPhiladelphia, PA 19102 Jun 9 to () DO Schools? PA Schools? IS there some part of the appeals process that would “delete” the 2nd semester at the Caribbean School? -- Drexel University College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies245 North 15th StreetMailstop 344; Room 4104 NCBPhiladelphia, PA 19102(215) 762-7125 Before this letter I did not realize schools were rejecting me for that semester I got sick. Schools send rejection letters like this usually: June 2, 2015 Dear (): The Medical Student Admissions Committee of Drexel University College of Medicine has reviewed your application for conditional acceptance into the Drexel Pathway to Medical School (DPMS) Program. The limited number of spaces available, combined with excellent candidates applying to the program made a difficult task for the Committee. It is with regret that we inform you that a place cannot be offered to you. We thank you for your interest in Drexel University College of Medicine and wish you success in your future endeavors. Sincerely, Since I have been getting generic letters for a year. I assumed it was for my MCAT score or some other reason why I was not getting into American Medical schools. It was not until I spoke to a staff member did I know what was going on. AUA sent me this letter when I asked for an appeal after the staff member at Drexel told me why I was being rejected. Members of Drexel Admissions tried hiding my rejection letter from staff, and put confidential on it so no one would see it. They even lied to me so I would not apply by claiming they judged me holistically. ----------------------- June 30, 2015 CONFIDENTIAL this message is intended solely for: () Dear (): Thank you for submitting your application to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies at Drexel University College of Medicine. Please know that your application has been thoroughly reviewed. Due to the competitive nature of the programs, I regret to inform you that we are not able to offer you an acceptance to our programs. We appreciate your interest in advancing your education at Drexel University College of Medicine. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. Sincerely, ------------------- After finding this out I contacted AUA asking for my grade to be changed on my transcript because they had no medical supplies when I attended. This is what I was told: From: AUA Appeals Committee Date: June 12, 2015 at 5:15:12 PM EDTTo: ()Subject: RE: Statement please (), It is beyond the mandate of the AUA Appeals Committee to do what you are requesting. The AUA Appeals Committee can review grade appeals and appeals of dismissals. What you are describing is neither a grade appeal nor an academic dismissal. The rules and regulations in effect when you withdrew will dictate the grade you received ("W", "WP", or "WF"). Based on what you have described in your email, if it is your intention to restart your medical education at AUA, then you need to submit an application to be readmitted. _____________________James M. Rice, RhDChair, AUA Appeals Committee p: (268) 484-8900, ext. firstname.lastname@example.orgAmerican University of Antigua College of MedicineUniversity ParkJabberwock Beach RoadP.O. Box 1451Coolidge, Antiguawww.auamed.org ------------- The moment I had this issue I contacted the OCR on June 19th of 2015. I was trying to get my transcript changed but the school was stopping me from doing it despite them knowing I had no access to supplies when I attended. The OCR has jurisdiction in the case, and while doing an agent of OCR made mistakes during my intake. Now my case is put in appeals and there is no time limit on when they my situation can be looked at. It has been month and every time I ask about what is going on I do not getting information regarding my case, and when I will get the justice I deserve from all this. Based off OCR standards, my case does qualify: Generally, a complaint must be filed with OCR within 180 calendar days of the last act that the complainant believes was discriminatory If a complainant uses an institutional grievance process and also chooses to file the complaint with OCR, the complaint must be filed with OCR within 60 days after completion of the institutional grievance process. I have no clue what is going on with my OCR appeals, and have had little to no communication despite me doing this process right after learning all this. This feels terrible considering the fact I have no control over any of this, and it literally take a google search to prove all of this. I left my name out and the person who helped me learned about what happened at Drexel.
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