Watchdog Report Spotlights Rise of Discriminatory Social Justice Ideologies in NC Medical School

Despite Martin Luther King’s dream that people be treated based on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin, a group of health care professionals have experienced discriminatory indoctrination sessions at a North Carolina medical school that they say violate the Civil Rights Act.

Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, board chair of the non-profit watchdog organization Do No Harm (DNH), told The Epoch Times that the goal of DNH is to fight against the woke ideologies that are cropping up in health care and draining resources from the practice of medicine.

Contrary to their name, anti-racism initiatives promote discriminatory practices in health care by teaching physicians to treat people differently based on skin color rather than as an individual, he said.

Goldfarb, a retired physician, was a member of the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine when he said began to see social justice theories creep into medical education.

“It became very distressing because the idea became to teach medical students more and more about social issues while making them advocates for various political positions,” Goldfarb said. “This has no real role in health care. A doctor’s job is to treat a sick patient, not cure social ills in the communities about which they really don’t have a good understanding or any of the tools they need to fix those problems. That’s the province of social workers and politicians, not the physician.”

Those who advocate for social justice training do so by asserting that it will make for a better physician; however, Goldfarb said that doesn’t add up.

“It doesn’t make sense,” he said. “Why would knowing about social problems in the extended community help you treat someone with heart failure better? I think you need to know the individual circumstances of patients to the extent that you can send them to a social worker, but that’s about it. No one can show how spending hours in the medical curriculum learning about social justice issues can lead to better medical outcomes. They claim it, but they can’t show it.”

Social Justice at the Expense of Medical Training

DNH’s report, compiled through public record requests from the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine (UNC SOM), shows that the school paid the North Carolina-based activists consulting firm the Racial Equity Institute (REI) $96,000 for “anti-racism and microaggression” training between March and June of 2021 “at the expense of rigorous medical and scientific instruction.”

“One of UNC SOM’s top new priorities is to ‘integrate social justice into the curriculum,’ which guarantees that rigor, excellence, objectivity, and the pursuit of scientific knowledge will take a back seat to divisive political and social agendas and enforcement of their dogmas,” the report states.

The aggressiveness with which North Carolina’s flagship medical school imposes radical political ideologies on its students should concern patients, the report states.

“It also generates questions about the rights of UNC SOM medical students to pursue their education free from being compelled to participate in and express support for political causes,” the report says.

According to DNH, the UNC SOM’s annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion report announced a requirement that each department develops an “Inclusive Excellence Plan” involving “the creation of diversity councils and committees, and efforts to mandate diversity, equity, and inclusion in the school’s appointments, promotions, and tenure process.”

Science departments such as biochemistry, biophysics, pharmacology, and nutrition, according to the report, have “committed to making meaningful changes in [our] operations to reduce demographic imbalances in the faculty and to contribute to dismantling the pervasive systematic racism that plagues academic research.”

The report found that UNC SOM also supports “overt racial preferences” in the hiring process.

“The school’s Rising Star Program says its goal is to ‘increase diversity among faculty members in the basic sciences, with a focus on postdoctoral fellows from historically underrepresented groups,” the report says.

UNC SOM and REI didn’t immediately reply to The Epoch Times’ request for comment.

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