Just how woke is the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Schmidt College of Medicine? According to its Diversity, Inclusion, Culture, and Equity (DICE) Inventory, it is well on its way to woke, as it confirmed to Do No Harm.
Here’s the background. In November 2022, the Association of American Medical Colleges released a report showing that the vast majority of medical schools have embraced identity politics, despite their divisive and even discriminatory nature. The report was based on surveys of specific medical schools, which the AAMC didn’t name.
For the sake of transparency and accountability, Do No Harm submitted freedom of information requests to public medical schools nationwide, including the FAU Schmidt College of Medicine (SCOM). We asked for a copy of its survey response, so that Florida taxpayers and policymakers could learn the truth about this institution.
Here’s what the FAU Schmidt College of Medicine has self-reported:
- It has adopted racially discriminatory admissions practices under the guise of “affirmative action.” This means it’s potentially lowering standards in the name of diversity, thereby threatening patient health. FAU SCOM reports that it “utilizes a holistic admissions process,” and told AAMC that the Graduate Programs Admissions Committee acted in “waiving the GRE requirement to increase inclusiveness.”
- It has a “dedicated office, staff, or resources” dedicated to DEI. This means there’s a permanent woke bureaucracy pushing ideology on faculty and students. The Office for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) supports programming and pathway programs with budget dollars “as well as donor funding.”
- It lobbies for woke policies at the federal, state, and/or local levels. This means it’s wading into toxic public debates instead of fully focusing on educating future physicians. “The College JEDI Officer participates on a DEI subcommittee of the Florida Medical Schools Council of Deans,” the DICE Inventory shows.
- Its administrators are active within local, regional, and national forums to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion. This means it’s wasting resources that would be better spent on real medical education. This response on the DICE Inventory listed ten memberships, workgroups, and forums the FAU SCOM leadership is engaging in.
All told, FAU SCOM has instituted 71.6% of the divisive and discriminatory woke policies listed by the AAMC. And you can bet it is feeling pressure from activists and outside groups to go even further down the radical rabbit hole – doing even more damage to faculty, medical students, and ultimately, the millions of patients they’ll see.
Florida taxpayers help fund the Florida Atlantic University Schmidt College of Medicine. They, and the policymakers who represent them, should ask why they’re giving so much money to an institution that’s putting divisive and discriminatory ideology at the heart of medical education. More importantly, they should ensure FAU SCOM stops, and soon.
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