Geisel Office of Student Accessibility Services

Geisel Office of Student Accessibility Services 

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth welcomes students with all types of disabilities into its learning environment. We pride ourselves in giving individualized consideration of each student’s abilities, the functional impact of their disability, and program standards in order to devise creative and innovative accommodation solutions to facilitate equal access to students with disabilities.

Being a graduate and professional school, there are some unique aspects of the Geisel educational experience that may be different from the undergraduate experience. These aspects are worth contacting Geisel Student Accessibility Services (GSAS) to have a discussion as you consider what accommodations you might need, and what transition plan you may want to put in place to prepare for academic and clinical experiences at Geisel.

GSAS Office Contact Information:

William Eidtson, EdD
Director of Learning Support & Accessibility Services
(603) 646-5559

Alayna Sharp, MSEd
Learning Support & Student Accessibility Coordinator
(603) 646-5593


Examples of disabilities include, but are not limited to, hearing, orthopedic/mobility, speech, or visual impairments, cerebral palsy, diabetes, hemophilia, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, other neuromuscular disease, cancer, psychological disabilities such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorder or social communication disorder, specific learning disabilities (with or without related processing deficits), and ADHD.

Examples of accommodations might include special parking access, additional time for written exams, low distraction testing space, modified lodging arrangements during clerkship rotations, assistive learning devices, captioning services, and notetaking assistance, among other accommodations.

At any point in your schooling at Geisel, if you have a disability, suspect you might have a disability, or have experienced discrimination or harassment due to your disability, please visit the GSAS webpage and contact or stop by the GSAS office right away to have a private conversation. Our door is always open, and the sooner we hear from you, the sooner we can assist. In most instances, only students with current disabling conditions are eligible for accommodations. However, although many students with a temporary illness or injury do not qualify as disabled by law, GSAS will work with the student and affected faculty to support the student’s participation. If you are experiencing a temporary illness or injury, please do not hesitate to contact GSAS to see what supports are available.

Students with known or suspected disabilities must identify themselves to the Director of Learning Support and Student Accessibility Services if accommodations are needed or are being sought.

For the most up to date information as well as detailed accommodation policies and procedures, please visit the GSAS webpage.