Operation House Call
Operation House Call (OHC) teaches young medical professionals essential skills to enhance their health care of persons with intellectual/developmental disability. Offered by The Arc of Massachusetts, OHC turns to families, parents and individual self-advocates as educators in a health care field that seldom focuses on more than making a diagnosis. It is a rare and important training opportunity.
At the Boston University School of Medicine OHC is a requirement for all third year medical students in their pediatric rotation; it has been a popular and valued course since 1991, initiated by two professors of medicine, including a pediatric neurologist whose brother has intellectual and developmental disability. In 2012 The Arc of Mass was invited to offer the course to two new schools: Tufts Medical School, and the Simmons School of Health Sciences.