Although pediatricians and family physicians often refer children to early intervention (EI) and provide support and information to families, medical school training that provides information about special education policy and procedures is often limited. We piloted a program whereby medical students, during their pediatric clerkship, observed school classrooms that included young children with disabilities. Visit impact was measured through assessments of perceived competency and a written reflection. Students showed perceived competency growth across all areas measured. Written reflections demonstrated understanding of special education practices and collaborative opportunities. These findings suggest that incorporating experiential learning through facilitated school visits is a way to enhance the learning experience of medical students on topics essential to supporting children with disabilities and their families.

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