Yet another academic medical center is engaging in discriminatory practices that violate the civil rights of students who are seeking admission to its Doctor of Medicine program.
Do No Harm Medicine is asking the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to investigate the University of Kansas School of Medicine and KU Medical Center for the Urban Scholars Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine, as the university discriminates on the basis of race, color, and national origin. As stated by the KU School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion, “Applicants must be a member of a population that is underrepresented in medicine (as defined by the Admissions Committee, including Native American, Black or African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Cambodian, Laotian, or Vietnamese).” These restrictions on who may participate in a publicly funded program are in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.
Students who enroll and then complete the Urban Scholars Program receive “assured admission” to the University of Kansas School of Medicine, according to the program’s official webpage.
Do No Harm works to protect the healthcare industry and individual practitioners against divisive ideologies and practices. If you are aware of a discriminatory scholarship or policy at your medical or nursing school, or if you didn’t apply because you thought a discriminatory policy worked against you, please let us know.
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