The Medical Association applauds diversity efforts in educating physicians

tThe Association of American Medical Colleges has commended American medical schools for their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, or DEI, in a new report detailing national efforts at colleges to implement diversity programs.

The report, released earlier this month, said that all 101 participating medical schools have implemented diversity initiatives in their admissions practices, and that the vast majority of senior officials at those schools have expressed support for DEI.

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“In the aftermath of the social upheaval we’ve experienced, particularly immediately after the killing of George Floyd, and the inequalities that have been exposed during the pandemic… our medical schools, particularly medical students, faculty, and staff, have felt that… University of Miami Miller Medicine, in a press release, “We must do more to advance social justice in an inclusive way.”

According to the report, medical schools have made “deliberate efforts” to incorporate DEI into their academic curricula. DEI’s efforts are often associated with critical race theory, an academic theory that argues that American institutions and culture are systematically racist and oppressive to minorities.

DEI’s curriculum includes “content related to health equity, social determinants of health, and issues related to racism in medicine and social justice.”

“Assessing institutional-level policies, practices, and programs—and identifying and sharing innovative practices—is a first step toward ensuring that academic medicine is well-positioned to attract, enhance, and retain a diverse health professions workforce,” Alison Whelan, AAMC’s chief academic officer.

While the report gave most medical schools high marks for their commitment to diversity, the association expressed dismay on several fronts that it considered insufficient diversity efforts.

The report indicated that only 48.5% of schools share student demographic data publicly, and that a third of medical schools have not set goals for achieving their DEI goals.

Conservative medical watchdog group Do No Harm criticized the report, which it said suggested AAMC had slipped further down the path of political correctness and progressive ideology.

Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, president of Do No Harm, told L.L.C Washington Examiner That the association’s emphasis on racial diversity over merit and distinction poses a “real danger to the American people” who rely on competent physicians to guide their health decisions.

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“The AAMC has made it clear that it values ​​diversity and elements of critical race theory, including the assumption that any deficits in educational achievement or disparity in health outcomes is a consequence of minority oppression,” Goldfarb said. “The public can now see how misguided the leadership of American medical education has become. Merit and total commitment to caring for patients as individuals has given way to an emphasis on social justice, group identity, and workforce diversity for physicians.”

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