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Don’t Impose DEI at Med Schools | Opinion


According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), medical students should learn to practice “allyship” when “witnessing injustice” such as “microaggression[s],” medical residents should use their “knowledge of intersectionality to inform clinical decisions,” and medical school faculty should teach “how systems of power, privilege, and oppression inform policies and practices” as well as “how to engage with systems to disrupt oppressive practices.”

These are just a few of the AAMC’s newly introduced Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Competencies , a set of guidelines for advancing “health equity” in medical curricula. The competencies function as a blueprint for injecting the watchwords of identity politics—”intersectionality,” “white privilege,” “microaggression,” “allyship”—into medical education. They will almost inevitably hamper free expression, politicize medical education, and lead to substantively harmful policies. Unfortunately, medical schools are primed to take the prescription.

In 2020, the activist group White Coats 4 Black Lives , a medical student chapter organization that calls for prison abolition, defunding the police, and “queer and trans liberation,” elicited DEI strategic plans at medical schools across the country. Accreditors, likewise, increasingly demand far-reaching DEI policies in medical schools and residency programs, as the AAMC notes in its report on the new competencies. As a result, […]

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