Tennessee medical schools don’t like that we’re calling them out for promoting divisive and discriminatory ideas. The dean of medicine at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine responded to our recent report with an email to faculty, which a tipster sent us. It shows that medical elites have no desire to change course – even though they’re actively undermining their mission and hurting future physicians and patients alike.
Here’s part of the email Dean William Block sent:
“Recently, an article in the Tennessee Star reported on a group referring to themselves as ‘Do No Harm’ that claims to be ‘exposing the infiltration of woke ideologies in Tennessee medical schools.’ The premise is that medical schools are short changing the public and future physicians by spending time on concepts related to DEI and social determinants of health and not teaching medical knowledge.”
So far, so true. DEI has everything to do with politics and nothing to do with medicine. But the dean isn’t sorry:
“As we encounter resistance to improving the lives of all of our patients we must continue to strive to be clear in our messaging and focused on the values that matter.”
Those values are crystal clear from the questions that the Admissions Committee asks applicants. Anyone who wants to attend the Quillen College of Medicine must state how they will “foster an environment of change” in the context of “social justice, systemic racism, and equity for all.” This isn’t medical education. It’s political indoctrination.
Recruiting activists is far from the only example of how East Tennessee State University’s is forcing divisive and discriminatory ideas on faculty and future physicians alike. Tennessee lawmakers might want to do some digging into the Quillen College of Medicine, for the sake of the students it teaches and the patients they will one day treat.
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