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#DeafSuccess: Dr. Chris Moreland, Physician

[CHRIS MORELAND] Today in the healthcare profession, any field is possible for deaf people. We have deaf people who are in the operating
room, working in radiology, and delivering babies. [upbeat music] I work at UT Health San Antonio. I had to decide whether or not I would disclose
that I was deaf during the application process. I had to put a lot of thought into my essay. From my resume, or CV, it was pretty clear
that I was deaf. My research interests
and the community I was involved with, implied I was deaf. I decided to disclose that information,
explaining that that means I am intrigued with communication and therefore look forward to working with patients. I tried to tie my deaf identity with my career
goals. I was nervous about that,
but apparently, it was a successful approach as I was accepted for several interviews. “What do you do about a stethoscope?” Really, is that a fair question? Were my colleagues asked that question when
they applied for medical school? Who asked them how they would use a stethoscope? That’s the point of medical school! That’s when we are supposed to learn
how to best accommodate and examine the patient. The technology we had back then cannot compare
to what there is today. There are many more options. The healthcare world is changing. Medical educators are becoming more open to include deaf and hard of hearing people in our field. The workforce is becoming more diverse, which
benefits everyone and benefits the patients as well. [music fades]

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