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Medical Schools Are Going Woke

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AMAC Exclusive – By Claire Brighn

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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Lawrence Greenberg
Lawrence Greenberg
1 year ago

Gee, what a great idea: brain and heart surgeons who were admitted to medical school under Affirmative Action.

Linda Baker
Linda Baker
1 year ago

Please, please, please overturn this fraudulent election and get the real president back and overturn all this fraudulent nonsense!!!

Susyn K.
Susyn K.
1 year ago

I don’t go to the doctor unless I have a severe injury, or an infection (Strep). Just like regular school, medical schools are nothing more than indoctrination centres now.

irene
irene
1 year ago

I am glad I never went into medicine or became a nurse. these people have always been and still are evil ghouls. I am glad I became a dental assistant. we had the nazi doctors and nurses in the past that kill others for being mentally or bodily disabled, experimenting on disabled children or orphans and black prisoners and now it is OK to cut up a child’s body or drug them or kill them when they are in the womb or even just born. you who all wonder why we do not go to you

Patriot Will
Patriot Will
1 year ago

We want doctors who are the best and brightest. This equity, racial preference fad is not helping those people who need medical attention the most. Woke medicine is not only disturbingly racist.
It is also unbelievably incompetent and insane.

Sandy
Sandy
1 year ago

I think Israel is better than America in medical advances with research and care.

TOMASD
TOMASD
1 year ago

I’m glad I’m not a young person today. If things don’t get straightened out, the US is doomed. Seriously.

William C Smith
William C Smith
1 year ago

Amazing how many people with foreign name-spellings have become our primary physicians, nurses and care-givers in this nation. Medical school tuition too high? Standards too strict for American-educated “woke” youth, or have the schools relieved parents of so much power and atuthority over their children that basic moral and ethical standards are no longer considered part of the progressive program? Take back the schools, eliminate the federal Dept. of Ed, and chuck the progressives into the streets. Nationalize the colleges and give free tuition only to STEM students who have records of achievement.

Myrna Wade
Myrna Wade
1 year ago

For a short time, don’t join the military, don’t attend medical school, don’t seek federal employment. But all is not lost. If this is the time to launch your adult life, take the best offer of employment you can find. Then wait. This country will turn around. It is very hard to start a professional career later, but it can be done. World War II veterans did this, and many who started college at 26 did very well. Be strong. Do your best. You are the steward of your own life.

Dennis Belotti
Dennis Belotti
1 year ago

Be Advised, America is becoming a Socialist state. all the WOKE Socialist professors are gleefully emerging from the shadows. Your future doctors, though unqualified, could care less if they help you.
I see no future for America as we once knew her. It may be too late.
Mat God smite them all !!

Linda
Linda
1 year ago

I have a feeling there will be a lot less students looking to study & or work in the medical field.
Clinics and hospitals are already struggling to find people because they don’t want to be forced to take the Chia jab!
This stuff won’t be attractive to them either.

J. Farley
J. Farley
1 year ago

Bad Healthcare will soon be in Hospitals and Clinics near you.

tika
tika
1 year ago

i grew up when we only went to the doctor when we were sick. doctors work for me and ONLY when I need them. they get so exasperated when i cancel my wellness appointments explaining i don’t need to see them because i feel great; i’ll visit when i’m not feeling well. and don’t fall for the wellness visit by phone. the charge was at a rate of $1750.00/hr

Phyl
Phyl
1 year ago

I can see it now. Doctor: congratulations Birthing person, you just delivered a healthy 8 pound baby – what. Baby will figure out what in 4-5 years. It’s choice.
Sheesh!! The world has gone nuts.

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 year ago

The young doctors started playing politics when Obamacare happened. The one I had did nothing but play politics instead of being a actual doctor for the 3 short years I saw him. He NEVER ask me any medical questions. I always had to tell him. Glad he’s gone.
Have seen a lot of doctors and the medical profession including hospitals has turned into a JOKE.
Have for over 8 years of dreading seeing a doctor since they play politics instead of practicing medicine. I know I am not alone on this.
They are OVER PAID, LAZY, and LESS EDUCATED in Medical Care.
Medical Schools started playing politics when Obamacare started and we LOST a lot of EXCELLENT doctors because of Obamacare.
So now, doctors are taught how to be COMMIE CORRECT and act like they are a doctor.
So much for the medical profession.

Jane Locacio
Jane Locacio
1 year ago

Author Claire Brighn is clear and bright in her dissection of the (t)issue of wokeness in medical education. Nothing could be more disturbing than the vision of one’s PCP and/or family pediatrician promoting the liberal litany of critical race theory, gender manipulation, or “health equity” while holding the prescription pad in his/her/its/their hand(s). By the time a med student completes eight or more years of woke indoctrination, he/she/it/they won’t know your a** from a hole in the ground.

mytake
mytake
1 year ago

Politics is destroying everything. All of this garbage is going in the wrong direction. We are evolving backwards instead of forward. Absolutely EVIL!

Dr. George R. Rivera, Jr.
Dr. George R. Rivera, Jr.
1 year ago

Yeah, right. Like I am ever going to trust a Woke physician who can’t define a male or female of the human species.

Willie
Willie
1 year ago

They are not doctors anymore they are pill pushers and needle pushers. I had to start taking pain medication in 2012 because they can’t find out what is wrong with me and don’t want to because I’am 71 years old now and they hope I die this country is going down Hill fast.

Jeanine
Jeanine
1 year ago

This “wokedness” of medical schools has actually been around for decades, albeit is far far worse now. About 43 years ago I applied to multiple medical schools in the United States. I had a 3.98 GPA. I am a white female. I was not accepted to any schools and was told by admin of a couple that it was because I was a white female. A friend of mine, a Mexican American female with a 3.2 GPA Was accepted to a few medical schools. I started med school in Guadalajara. I was top of my class there and thanks to high scores MCAT and MKSP I had a couple American med schools lined up for transfer…until I got hit by a truck while on my way to take second year finals.
My point is, I was unable to enter medical school originally based on my merit, as were other (white) applicants with whom I was acquainted; two of whom were able to enter American medical school because their parent “paid a donation”.
Medical schools “went woke” a long long time ago.
It is now much more pronounced with preferably no emphasis on merit.

Chuck Davis
Chuck Davis
1 year ago

Absurd!!!! Asinine! Beyond idiocy!!!!
Where, when will this stupidity end?
I have opinions….how do I get the medical community to incorporate my opinions into their requirements?
I’m not medically qualified either – so, in the interest of equity – my opinion must be included.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

WE dont need this now End this

Carol
Carol
1 year ago

How many more people will die because doctors come out of med school activits but NOT doctors? This is going to destroy our health care system and cause folks to question whether to trust their doctor! If there are underrepresented groups in the meidcal fields, then go to the beginning of their education and help them so they can compete with everyone else! Everyone wants to be confidient that the doctor they are going to is competent!!! Doesn’t matter what race or ethinc group!

BillC
BillC
1 year ago

This has been so bad for so long, I even cancelled my Medicare part B coverage! When I was still working and had ACA compliant coverage, I had a 2mm kidney stone that ended up with me in Bankruptcy court the next year. The office of the doctor that treated me extorted the deductible out of me by saying the stent that needed to be removed within 10 days to avoid an advanced infection could stay there until I walked in with $1500.00! More recently, my best friend sought medical help after a small stroke partially destroyed the retina in one eye. His Primary care Physician loaded him up with pharmaceuticals after a comprehensive blood panel and some imaging, none of which was particularly alarming, (some values a bit above normal and smooth, unobstructed caroted arteries). When asked if there were any natural alternatives to the drugs, he was told absolutely not, you will have to take these for the rest of your life! Second opinion, same thing. About 100 hours of research later, we have found natural supplements that achieved a similar result without the side effects! And these clowns spent how many years in school? Apparently big Pharma’s investment in the profession is paying off for them!

Morbious
Morbious
1 year ago

It was only a matter of time. With the left there is no firewall; no limit to their desire to destroy. About eight yrs ago i was asked by my doc to serve as a ‘model’ so third yr med students could practice their ultrasound technique. This was at a very large university. Out of twenty five or so students two were white men. The rest were females of just about every ethnicity imaginable. This is not an organic situation. Rather its the result of pc policies deciding in advance who will make it into med school. I just hope competent docs aged 55-65 dont decide to retire early.

granky
granky
1 year 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……

HocasPocas
HocasPocas
1 year 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.

jocko
jocko
1 year ago

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

Steve G
Steve G
1 year 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.

Arlene
Arlene
1 year 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.

Bob
Bob
1 year ago

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

Blondie
Blondie
1 year 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.

Douglas
Douglas
1 year ago

Follow the money.

Rik
Rik
1 year ago

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

Lila Mueller, CRR, ART (Regd), NBCR, CREd
Lila Mueller, CRR, ART (Regd), NBCR, CREd
1 year 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.

Will
Will
1 year 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 .

Sydney
Sydney
1 year 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.

Jeff Brink
Jeff Brink
1 year 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

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
1 year 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!”

Al Wunsch
Al Wunsch
1 year 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.

Louise
Louise
1 year 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.

tempus
tempus
1 year 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.

Robin W Boyd
Robin W Boyd
1 year 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
PIDL
1 year 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!

Rich
Rich
1 year 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.

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