Forget medicine. The American Academy of Family Physicians wants its members to practice divisive and discriminatory ideology. That’s the takeaway from the AAFP’s September 20-23, 2022, Congress of Medical Delegates and Family Medical Experience in Washington, DC, which are the association’s primary annual events.
A tipster who was in attendance showed us what went down. To start, the AAFP held at least 10 sessions and panels focused on woke concepts – everything from “medical microaggressions” to “structural racism in medicine.” One session made clear that that family physicians should be political activists. It was titled, “Let’s Get in Formation: Physician Advocacy in Action.”
Another session, titled “Advocating for Anti-racist Medicine in Practice,” encouraged participants to identify goals “to dismantle structural racism in your organization.” Sample slides from the presentation are shown here.
As a reminder, anti-racism is grounded in the idea that racial discrimination is justified to right past wrongs. That’s deeply concerning, since the session also said that family physicians should “create a plan to integrate anti-racist best practices into your clinical care and health systems.”
What does this mean in real life? To start, it involves family physicians focusing on their patients’ race instead of just their individual medical needs. It then leads to decision-making based on skin color. For instance, anti-racism is being used to justify giving patients of some races preferential access to care. Yet that means pushing people of different races to the back of the line. Such discrimination has no place in health care.
Other points from this presentation claim that racism, not genetics, has an impact on premature death.
The same session also pushes doctors to take the so-called “implicit association test,” which has been thoroughly discredited. Even the test’s creators now acknowledge its shortcomings. These facts notwithstanding, the AAFP is essentially telling its members to falsely admit they’re racist, then employ actually racist policies within their medical practices.
The American Academy of Family Physicians is not well. All its members should question why they belong to an organization that’s elevating ideology over medicine. And every family should worry about what their family physician is being told to do.
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