Finally, public attention is focusing on woke discrimination and division in healthcare. The latest proof comes courtesy of Manhattan Institute scholar Heather MacDonald, who wrote about this dangerous trend in City Journal’s Summer 2022 issue.
Heather correctly writes:
Virtually every major medical organization—from the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) to the American Association of Pediatrics—has embraced the idea that medicine is an inequity-producing enterprise.
This view is leading the medical establishment to abandon excellence in favor of diversity: “Medical schools and medical societies are discarding traditional standards of merit in order to alter the demographic characteristics of their profession.”
Heather walks through the many examples where standards are being waived or lowered, including the MCAT, which shapes medical school admissions, and the USMLE Step One, which plays a major role in residency assignments. She also notes that when Do No Harm chairman Dr. Stan Goldfarb called out the danger of this approach, he was widely attacked by the activists who now control the medical establishment.
Heather also shows how the quality of medical students is declining, especially as they focus more on activism. And she notes that ideology is leading to worse medical research:
It matters who heads research ventures and medical faculties. Top scientists can identify the most promising directions of study and organize the most productive research teams. But the diversity push is discouraging some scientists from competing at all.
What is the result of the corruption of medicine? Worse physicians, worse medical research, and worse health outcomes for patients. Thank you, Heather MacDonald, for joining Do No Harm in pointing out the facts that Americans need to know.
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