What will DeSantis say? Florida medical college is slammed for pushing ‘equity’ CRT initiatives and for training a new generation of ‘antiracists’ as part of degree, despite Governor’s ban on affirmative action

The University of Florida’s College of Medicine has been accused of ‘indoctrinating’ graduates ‘in divisive philosophies’ through building critical race theory into its admissions and courses.

The Do No Harm campaign group, which combats woke ideology in healthcare, says prospective students are exposed to ‘social justice activism’ from the moment they express an interest in studying at the school.

Do No Harm says this ‘continues through the admissions process, and persists throughout the doctoral program’.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has attempted to curb the teaching of subjects like critical race theory in the state’s schools and colleges. The bill comes amid an ongoing row across the country about CRT in schools and the issue of so-called ‘white privilege’.

An 18-page report by Do No Harm into the medical college highlights a prominent picture on the admissions page which shows members of the medical school taking the knee while holding a sign which says #whitecoatsforblacklives.

The picture is accompanied with a message: ‘The UF College of Medicine Office of Admissions unequivocally condemns racism, injustice, and prejudice in all forms.

‘We acknowledge the existence and persistence of systemic oppression and racism that endanger the lives of people of color.

‘We strive for an admissions culture that is reflective, informed and inclusive, dedicated to building a diverse community of future physicians who share a commitment to excellence and equity in healthcare.

‘If you would like to join us in self-education and being part of the solution, please consider exploring the resources on this page.’

The message then links to a page of ‘resources’ which tells readers that ‘racism pandemic is a public health emergency’.

Do No Harm claims an earlier version of the page was ‘stealth-edited’ to remove the message: ‘Please do not further burden your Black friends and colleagues by asking them to expend the energy necessary to educate you. Rather, do the work and use existing resources to learn more on your own.’

The group says the University of Florida ‘invests abundant resources in these programs and retains administrators and faculty members who are paid to push these destructive ideas’.

It adds: ‘Anti-racism in the field of medicine supports the idea that medical care and treatment should be prioritized on the basis of race, while deprioritizing care for others.’

The University of Florida College of Medicine was approached for comment.

The college’s Office of Diversity and Health Equity is headed by Dr Donna M. Parker.

Parker has said previously: ‘What we know is that, especially for Black, Latinx and Native American populations, even when you control for things like income, insurance and education, there are still disparities in patient outcome.

‘Research shows implicit biases among physicians account for some of these disparities.’

She argues physicians ‘need to overcome our biases by making ourselves aware of them’.

Do No Harm added: ‘Concentrating on identity and racial politics instead of academics and the science of healthcare a major problem. UFCOM needs to return to instilling the art of healing into its graduates, rather than seeking to reshape society and “transform” the healthcare industry with discriminatory activism.’

In December, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis introduced the Stop WOKE Act, a bill to ban critical race theory teaching in schools and workplaces across the state. The state legislature approved the law earlier this year.

It restricts lessons about issues including ‘white privilege’ and says a person should not ‘feel guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress’ due to their race, color, sex or national origin.

But the law hit a stumbling block last week when a judge said it was ‘positively dystopian’.

Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker’s ruling took aim specifically at the law’s implementation at colleges and universities in Florida.

The 138-page order issued by Walker even referenced George Orwell’s 1984, a novel about totalitarianism and the dangers of the ‘Thought Police’ and political abuses.

A passage which mimicked the opening paragraph of 1984 said: ‘”It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen,” and the powers in charge of Florida’s public university system have declared the State has unfettered authority to muzzle its professors in the name of “freedom.”’

Walker, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, said in his ruling the law ‘officially bans professors from expressing disfavored viewpoints in university classrooms while permitting unfettered expression of the opposite viewpoints’.

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