From Small Beginnings

Upon recognizing a need for accessibility, voice, and equity for students and physicians with disabilities, a group of ambitious students decided to seek change for a more accessible future in medical education. ADACIM began as just a handful of medical students from different institutions with a shared passion for advocacy. It has grown to include over 50 physicians, residents, and medical students from across the nation. We share a common goal of a more fair and equal medical field free of discrimination against disability. We strive to bring about this change through advocacy, community support, and action.



Updated list coming soon!


Our Fearless Founders

After answering an anonymous call of alliance for chronic illnesses on Twitter, Abigail connected with Emerson and the primary idea for a national organization to support medical disabled students with and students with chronic illnesses was formed. The rest is history.


Abigail Schirmer

While there is a steep learning curve in learning how to be a physician, there is also a challenge in learning how to be a patient. This stemmed Abigail's passion to develop ADACIM. Abigail is a member of the class of 2022 at Florida State University College of Medicine. She is interested in general surgery, abdominal transplantation, patient safety research, improving surgical outcomes, harm reduction, human factors, and humanism. Outside of medicine she enjoys swimming, running, crossfit, music composition, and dogs.


Emerson Wheeler

Emerson is a member of the class of 2022 at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. His interests include psychiatry, palliative care, LGBTQ health, narrative medicine, pediatrics, and physician advocacy. Outside of the hospital, he can be found swimming in Lake Champlain, taking pictures of the beautiful Vermont landscape, writing stories and poems, doing puzzles, and baking sweet treats.