Iowa is the latest state to investigate divisive woke ideology at public universities. Do No Harm chairman Dr. Stanley Goldfarb sent a letter to the state Board of Regents praising this move, which was announced earlier this month, while urging officials to focus on medical schools. Divisive and discriminatory ideas are especially dangerous in medical education.
Dr. Goldfarb’s letter makes clear the stakes for Iowans:
“My organization has spent the past year investigating the extent to which education has been replaced by indoctrination at medical schools, including in Iowa. We have found that essentially every medical school has, to varying degrees, elevated radical politics at the expense of education, excellence, and ethics.”
“Consider what we discovered at the University of Iowa’s medical school. It offers a so-called “anti-racism resource guide,” which is divisive and has nothing to do with medicine. Anti-racism is grounded in the idea that racial discrimination is required to right past wrongs – a profoundly dangerous view. Additionally, the Department of Pediatrics is being trained on the divisive concept of “implicit bias” when hiring and promoting faculty. This is part and parcel of the ideological push to focus on race at the expense of expertise – a direct threat to the quality of education this Iowa medical school provides.”
Dr. Goldfarb concludes:
“Iowans deserve to know exactly how far the state’s medical schools have gone down this radical road. And this issue goes well beyond education. Ultimately, it affects the health and well-being of everyone who will one day be treated by the physicians these institutions teach. By specifically investigating medical schools, the Board of Regents can help protect Iowans and ensure that everyone in the state has access to the world-class health care they deserve.”
The Board of Regents launched its investigation after State Rep. Taylor Collins introduced legislation that would ban Iowa’s public colleges and universities from funding so-called “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” efforts. That’s a worthy policy, and Rep. Collins may also be interested in tackling woke medical schools in particular.
Kudos to Iowa’s leaders for standing strong on this issue. Let’s hope this is the start of a long-term effort to protect students and patients alike.
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