Doctor warns ‘woke’ agenda gaining foothold in medical colleges: ‘Diversity above merit’

Doctor warns ‘woke’ agenda gaining foothold in medical colleges: ‘Diversity above merit’

A recent study by the Association of American Medical Colleges has shown that diversity, equity, and inclusion policies have gained a substantial foothold in American Medical Colleges ,. A medical expert told Fox News Digital that this poses a serious threat to both the quality of care as well as freedom of expression.

“Med schools are devoting more and more time to these social and political issues, leaving less time for the study of medicine,” Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, board chair of Do No Harm, told Fox News Digital in response to analysis released by the AAMC, which essentially serves as a report card for how its medical colleges are faring at implementing DEI policies that critics have described as a “woke” agenda. The AAMC report states, “Evaluating policies, practices and programs at the school and institution levels is a first step towards ensuring academic medicine is well-positioned for cultivating a diverse and culturally-prepared workforce, advance inclusion excellence and promote equity advancement, enhance engagement with local communities, and foster engagement with those who live nearby.” “

The report, which examined 101 medical schools, showed that 43% of schools “have promotion and tenure policies that specifically reward faculty scholarship and service on DEI topics” and the number is highlighted in red suggesting that figure is inadequate. The report also shows that 100% of the schools “have admissions policies and practices for encouraging a diverse class of students. “


Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, board chair of Do No Harm

Dr. Stanley Goldfarb is the board chair of Do No Harm
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Goldfarb, a board-certified kidney specialist who formerly served as associate dean for curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, told Fox News Digital that these DEI policies place less emphasis on merit and more on diversity benchmarks, which ultimately means quality of care suffers. Patients are to be considered members of a group, based on skin colour, rather than individuals,” Goldfarb stated. “Diversity has been elevated over merit and achievement as a basis for selecting med students and promoting faculty. This will lead to a decrease in the quality of the physician workforce. It also undermines the foundational idea that America can achieve its goals through hard work and talent. “


Dr. Stanley Goldfarb believes medical schools are

Dr. Stanley Goldfarb believes that medical schools are “increasingly preparing physicians for activism at the cost of medical science,” and are lowering admission standards.

Additionally, the report shows that political advocacy has been ingrained in the DEI process at medical schools, as evidenced by the statistic showing 75% of medical schools say they “advocate for policies and or legislation at a local, state, or federal level related to its diversity, inclusion, and equity mission. Fox News Digital was told by “

Goldfarb that political advocacy has been a “major focal point” of DEI efforts at medical schools.

” Every university and medical school makes an effort to support Democratic candidates. It is not hard to see that undergraduates and graduate students vote largely Democratic,” Goldfarb stated.

“Med school are all dependent on federal or state funding. All these institutions support powerful lobbying efforts. They are incentivized in large cities to support Democratic administrations. “

The AAMC defended its report and DEI policies in a statement to Fox News Digital, saying its medical schools have an “obligation to address factors that drive racism and bias in health care” as well as to “prepare physicians who are culturally responsive. “

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“There is strong evidence that historically marginalized people and people who live in poverty disproportionately experience poor health and inadequate access to quality care,” Dr. David A. Acosta, AAMC’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, said in the statement. These inequalities are often caused by systemic discrimination, including racism within the nation’s healthcare systems, which contributes to lower quality care. “

Acosta stated that the AAMC has an obligation to “support institutions being diverse, equitable, and inclusive overall to support those goals” and explained the report is a tool his team uses to help medical schools to “identify areas of improvement for creating a holistic strategic where DEI is integrated in all operations and mission areas.”


Goldfarb says Do No Harm, which reports its mission is to “protect health care from a radical, divisive and discriminatory ideology.” We will continue to protest the “language and progressive policies” that are “designed not to dissemble.” “

” This language has obscured the true nature and implications of ‘woke’ policies, and the public is not well-informed about the stakes,” Goldfarb stated.

“Do No harm is dedicated to informing both the public and the legislative representatives about the true nature and consequences of woke activities in healthcare and medical education. We believe that the public will be able to recognize the risks to their health care system, and consequently to the health of the American people. “

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