Are you or someone you know a medical professional in Michigan? As of June 1, anyone who fits this description is now required to take ongoing courses on their supposed “implicit bias.” The Great Lakes State is well on its way to politicizing medicine and destroying patient trust in healthcare.
Michigan’s mandate is blunt: It says medical professionals need to combat their “attitude[s] or internalized stereotype[s]” that “contribut[e] to unequal treatment of people based on race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion.” In other words, medical professionals can’t be trusted to treat patients equally. Rarely will you see a more brazen insult to those who’ve devoted their lives to helping people.
The new rule covers physicians, nurses, counselors, therapists, athletic trainers, and about two dozen other types of medical professionals. Anyone applying for a license to practice medicine must complete two hours of implicit bias training, while those renewing their licenses must take an hour of training per year. This means medical professionals will be constantly bombarded with accusations of bias.
As we’ve pointed out many times, such training injures everyone involved. It tells medical professionals they aren’t capable of providing the highest quality care, while also telling them to focus on their patients’ race above real medical concerns. And it tells patients that their physicians and nurses can’t be trusted, since the entire profession is apparently biased. That’s a recipe for incentivizing people to avoid the care they need.
Such is the nature of woke healthcare: It hurts the people it claims to help. Michigan should abandon this absurd medical licensing mandate immediately, before it hurts medical professionals and patients alike.
If you’re dealing with this mandate in Michigan, or know of a similar requirement in another state, please let us know.
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