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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Segregating medical school

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Separating medical students into racial affinity groups supports the "antiracist and anti-oppression curriculum," argues an article in the New England Journal of Medicine.

University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine faculty and administrators see medical school as "retraumatizing" BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) students, writes Gabrielle M. Etzel in Campus Reform.

UCSF has groups for Black/African American students, other "people of color" and Whites.

“In a space without White people, BIPOC participants can bring their whole selves, heal from racial trauma together, and identify strategies for addressing structural racism,” the article states.
. . . White “participants can learn to be thoughtful allies who are less dominating in integrated spaces, to elevate the voices and leadership of BIPOC colleagues, and to iteratively reevaluate their own internalized racism and sense of superiority that can obstruct antiracist commitment and action.”

Will they be better doctors? Will they be prepared to treat people of different racial and ethnic groups?

"The DEI (Diversity Equity Inclusion) agenda — which promotes people and policies based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and sexual orientation rather than merit — is undermining health care," writes Stanley Goldfarb, an emeritus medical professor, in The Free Press. He has started a nonprofit called Do No Harm with others "to combat discriminatory practices in medicine."

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