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Medical Schools Are Going Woke

AMAC Exclusive – By Claire Brighn

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While Critical Race Theory, gender ideology, and left-wing “equity” principles have long been a staple in law schools and graduate-level humanities programs, they now appear to be taking over medical schools as well. In addition to undermining the basic principles of fairness and meritocracy which once determined medical school admissions decisions, this alarming development raises the frightening possibility that the doctors and surgeons of the future will be more knowledgeable about left-wing political dogma than how to care for their patients.

In a normal year, fewer than half of undergraduate students applying to medical school will be admitted to at least one school – and for good reason. Americans have come to expect that only the best and brightest earn those coveted slots to become the next generation of medical professionals.

But now, academic achievement and demonstrated intelligence are taking a back seat to left-wing demands for “equity” in admissions decisions; in other words, schools are basing acceptance on irrelevant factors including an applicant’s race or sex. The clearest example of this is the fact that more than 40 schools have entirely dropped the MCAT standardized test as a requirement for admission, citing concerns of “racial bias” in scores – even though the test measures objective knowledge of subjects such as chemistry and biology. Known for its “complex material, long hours, and the weight it carries in […] medical school applications,” the MCAT has been in use since 1947 as an unbiased way to measure a student’s aptitude for the medical profession.

Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, former Associate Dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, has warned that the consequences of dropping the MCAT could be dire indeed for quality of patient care. In an opinion piece for Newsweek in July, Dr. Goldfarb outlines three recent studies that all point to the same conclusion – a strong correlation between success on the MCAT and success in residency programs. There are also studies that show MCAT scores correlate with performance on U.S. Medical Licensing Exams – but even this three-part test, which grants prospective doctors the legal authority to treat patients, is being watered down in the name of fighting “systemic racism.”

For the offense of suggesting that merit, not race, should be the determining factor in who gets into medical school, Dr. Goldfarb was pilloried by the academic medical community, a clear warning sign to any other doctors who might feel similarly to stay quiet. Dr. Goldfarb’s former employer, the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, called his statements “harmful and damaging.”

Along with the admissions process, medical school curriculum has also become increasingly consumed by the “equity” agenda. In July, for example, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) – which sets the standards for medical educationreleased curriculum competencies requiring an understanding of “intersectionality,” “white privilege,” “microaggression,” and “allyship.” The competencies further ask that students be able to “identify systems of power” including “white privilege, racism, sexism.” Many top medical schools are also getting rid of the elite academic honor society Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) because it is allegedly unfair to “underrepresented” students and purportedly “racist” for requiring a certain GPA to gain admission.

Once hopeful doctors graduate, they are faced with another barrage of demands from the woke medical mob. The American Medical Association – the largest physician association, founded in 1847 – last year released a sweeping “organizational strategic plan to embed racial justice and advance health equity.” Under the section “Equality,” it shockingly says: “Seeking to treat everyone the ‘same’ ignores the historical legacy of divestment and deprivation through historical policy and practice of marginalizing and minoritizing communities.” In other words, the AMA says, doctors should treat patients differently based on race – a clear violation of the Hippocratic Oath.

In another instance, at its 2020 Conference, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ featured speaker was none other than Ibram X. Kendi – a leading Critical Race Theory scholar who has no medical background. Kendi told pediatricians to consider racism a “diagnosis,” usurping the medical term for ideological purpose. In an even more disturbing development, the AAP is also now encouraging pediatricians to embrace “gender-affirming care” – left-wing jargon for prescribing puberty blockers to minors (which permanently impair normal sexual function) and performing irreversible sex change surgeries on gender confused children.

This leftward lurch in the medical community has been encouraged and in some cases required by Democrats in Washington. Last year, for example, the Biden administration issued guidance putting Americans first in line to receive monoclonal antibodies based on “race and ethnicity.” The Biden administration has also used questionable tactics to move the needle in private practice. Last year, Biden’s Health and Human Services implemented a rule whereby doctors could earn bonuses if they created “anti-racism plans” in their clinics to “reflect changes in medical practice.” And in March, the Biden administration endorsed sex-change surgeries and hormone therapy for minors, going so far as to legally threaten doctors who refuse to support such radical interventions.

Undoubtedly as a consequence of these policies, the United States, once the worldwide leader in medical research, has slowly lost its competitive edge to other countries. With medical students, physicians, and researchers preoccupied with social justice, race, and equity considerations, less time is spent learning how to identify diseases, conduct research, and prescribe treatment.

Unfortunately, the real losers of this woke crusade are the patients – of all races – who just want to be treated equally by doctors devoted to keeping them healthy, not to an ideological agenda.

Claire Brighn is the pen name of a conservative researcher and writer with previous domestic and foreign policy experience in the Executive Branch.  


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Rich
1 month ago

“Seeking to treat everyone the same ignores the historical legacy of divestment and deprivation through historical policy and practice or marginalizing and minoritizing communities”. In other words, we are not all Americans anymore and have to be treated like our past history or wokeness dictates. Makes you not want to undergo a major surgery by these new woke doctors. You just might wake up a different gender if they deem it necessary.

PIDL
2 months ago

Getting into med school has always been hard. And it is mostly politics. This has been going on for decades. They offered my brother a scholarship at Harvard Medical School because we were “poor white” (trash?). He did not go there. It took him 3 years of teaching anatomy to medical students before he finally got admitted to medical school. And his grades were great! And that was in the late 70s. But there were lots of blacks and women in his Medical School graduating class. It looked like there was quotas back then too.
And it did not stop there. The doctors in residencies were very biased too. They did not like him because he was not married. And they also felt he was only in it for the money, like they were not!

And the AMA were and are totally worthless.

But, I am glad I became an engineer, not a doctor!

Robin W Boyd
2 months ago

With the medical and insurance industries now being completely controlled by government, pushing so called “woke” standards for medical students is insult being added to our already being injured. We must decrease government influence!

PIDL
2 months ago
Reply to  Robin W Boyd

It is all politics! Politics destroys everything, from businesses to sports!

tempus
2 months ago

“In other words, the AMA says, doctors should treat patients differently based on race – a clear violation of the Hippocratic Oath.” Since races differ in their tendency to contract different diseases, they should be treated differently. For example:
Diabetes. Turanians (East Asians) are more likely to have diabetes than other races.
Prostate Cancer. Negroes are more prone to prostate cancer than other races.
Donated Organs. A recipient of a donated organ is less likely to reject the organ if it comes from a person of the same race. 
Schizophrenia and Post-traumatic Stress. Negroes are more likely to suffer from schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress than are Turanians (East Asians).
Anxiety and Suicide. Turanians (East Asians) suffer from anxiety more than do Negroes and are more likely to suicide themselves than are Negroes.
Influenza. Indo-Australians and Turanians are more likely to contract influenza than are Aryans and Negroes.

PIDL
2 months ago
Reply to  tempus

That is not what this article is saying. It is saying it is racist to give one group special attention, like monoclodal antibodies discrimination, while depriving another group. Also, your comment would not be considered racist for treating individuals as individuals, not like the “cookie cutter” mindset of the politicians and managers.

Louise
2 months ago

Accepting students according to race is unacceptable, what about their knowledge. Boy I hope at my age of 75 I don’t encounter a dummy dr. Because my family has been told to sue and sue big. And I also know hospitals can cover up a lot of things or get paid for things that are not true. Like Covid, even if they did not die from covid that is what they put on the death certificate and then the gov. paid that hospital for that. I worked in that field typing up Death certificates so I have that knowledge.

PIDL
2 months ago
Reply to  Louise

The problem is education has been dumbing down teaching for decades. That is why we are lagging behind the foreign countries on education. We have allowed liberal teaching methods destroy our educational system.

But we still lead the world ininnovation!

I remember, not that long ago, when the students foreign countries all wanted to come to America for a college education. There are still a lot of them that still do.

Al Wunsch
2 months ago

There is nothing rational about “going woke”. I don’t want to be dependent upon a lawyer or doctor who is of that persuasion. It appears that the United States is going to have to clean house of all “teachers?” those who wish to push these woke/Marxist based ideologies.

Robert Zuccaro
2 months ago

Woke doctors claim transsexual men can have periods and even get pregnant. Google it. The newest radical taking the oath for SCOTUS appointment can’t answer a simple question like “what is a woman?”. As Bill Paxton said in “Alien 2″: GAME OVER, MAN!”

Jeff Brink
2 months ago

It is time to do what Saudi Arabia did the new prince gutted the schools and removed from the country all teachers teaching radical Islam, we the people need to demand and stop these woke freaks out we need to make it n very uncomfortable for them to live here in the USA, just like they are doing to us, they are few we are many, let’s stop it now

Weary
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Brink

AGREE!!!

Sydney
2 months ago

My late husband was the epitome of a true physician/ healer. This would break his heart. Our son, a physician also, strives to practice as his father did and he now has to survive this toxic, twisted medical environment. Finding and keeping a great doctor is increasingly difficult.

PIDL
2 months ago
Reply to  Sydney

Absolutely true! All I ever see now is a nurse practitioner. I only saw the doctor once in the 3 years, the first time I had an appointment, since I have been going to see him. Not saying the nurse practitioner does not do a good job. But where is the doctor? I am paying to see a doctor, while seeing a Nurse Practitioner.

Will
2 months ago

I am totally amazed on how evil the so called leaders of America have become, this has created a perversion in the society as we know it that is so deranged, that it has no meaning or any commen since to it whats so ever. This is completely disastrous to the country of America and will not push us forward but will bring us further back then ever and will eventually kill our wonderful country to the durange sickness that the evil leaders our presenting to America it has nothing to do with build back better and has everything to do with destroying America . You all need to start listening to Dan Bongino on Rumble , and there are a number of people on to listen to. Also if you don’t know God now is a good time to give your heart to him the world looks like its in the end times .

Lila Mueller, CRR, ART (Regd), NBCR, CREd
2 months ago

As a Clinical Reflexologist, I see clients daily that have fallen through the system as well as misdiagnosed and given wrong medications. Seek out Complementary and Alternative Therapies to be part of your “Wellness Team”. Be sure to check out their credentials to ensure authentication.

Rik
2 months ago

Medical Schools have gone woke? . . . You mean instead of turning out “Quacks”? . . . Now it’s Communist Quacks too?

Douglas
2 months ago

Follow the money.

PIDL
2 months ago
Reply to  Douglas

Exactly!

Blondie
2 months ago

Better start looking for alternative medicine and natural remedies. Hospitals are pushing cancer treatments, biopsies and surgeries. No thanks, a biopsy will let cancer loose in the body, chemo is poison. No thanks, I will never let them get their hand bnb on me. Vaccines are harmful, they push them annually, now Covid boosters are every 4 month, more poison.

Bob
2 months ago

If you get sick or need surgery, look for the old guy.

Arlene
2 months ago

I don’t understand what these so called leaders think they have to gain by promoting the sickness of wokism. They have children and grandchildren that this idiocy will affect.

edward
2 months ago
Reply to  Arlene

They plan for their children and grandchildren inherit wealth, as well as gain wealth from the scam of wokeism, so they will not be affected by the deleterious effects of wokeism(communism). elites never are.

Steve G
2 months ago

I want to know when we are going to take the fight to these Marxists demoncrats instead of sitting on our backsides & doing nothing like typing these stupid comments that do nothing to stop it. We need to attack Soros, take down BLM & other groups pushing the lies, round up the demoncrats & put them in concentration camps.
All conservatives need to pick a day when we stop working our jobs & cripple this country & these millions take back Washington!!!!!
They won’t be able to stop us.

Doodles
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve G

I am willing to help but we need a leader with courage and inside information so we don’t end up like the J6 prisoners. The overwhelming odds are against us.

Rich
1 month ago
Reply to  Doodles

We start with a solid conservative vote this November! If there is a tsunami of conservative votes, we can vote these socialist/democrats back to the ice age and start to turn this sinking ship around. Any election fraud won’t be able to cover up what we have done. Unless we vote these tyrants out, what we want to do doesn’t matter.

jocko
2 months ago

AND THE CANCEROUS, ANTI-AMERICAN, LYING, CHEATING liberals, STRIKE AGAIN, they ARE THE ENEMY OF OUR NATION

edward
2 months ago
Reply to  jocko

they are not liberals, they are COMMUNISTS!

Karen
2 months ago
Reply to  edward

Exactly!

PIDL
2 months ago
Reply to  edward

I am beginning to think they are not communists. They are elitists that want to control the world, so they can continue to live off the backs of the working people. And how would one do that? They would do that by taking all power and hope away from the masses usurping absolute control of movement, existance, and ability to fight back by disarming us! The “civil war” needs to be between the “elites” and the rest of us.But they get us to fight each other so we won’t have time to fight them!

Maybe that is really how communism works!

HocasPocas
2 months ago

Any medical facility scares me more than ill health. I hesitate getting medical attention or advice these days. Pretty soon this country should be at the bottom of the barrel. We won’t be able to fight our way out of a wet paper bag not alone back to the greatest, strongest country in the world. We are shy of being in HELL.

granky
2 months ago

The liberal left thinks lowering standards helps minorities…….lowering standards helps no one. In fact, lowering standards in the medical profession endangers everyone. Liberal insanity……

Karen
2 months ago
Reply to  granky

Well said!!

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