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DEI Will Cause People To DIE

Cultural Marxist medicine is crazy, but no joke

In the comments to the crackpot Yale Law students post, my good friend JonF suggests that this is not a big deal, really, that the protesters will grow up to mature into normalcy, and pose no threat to common sense. I pushed back, saying that may have been true in our generation (we’re the same age, Gen X), but that pattern changed with the Millennials, who marched through the institutions and changed them.

Here’s a chilling — seriously, chilling — example from the medical profession. John Sailer, on the National Association of Scholars website, writes:

In October 2021, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Medical Association jointly released its 54-page Advancing Health Equity: A Guide to Language, Narratives and Concepts, which received widespread criticism for its ideologically-charged language and recommendations. The guide suggested physicians update their language using “equity-focused alternatives,” trading terms such as “vulnerable” for “oppressed” and “disadvantaged” for “historically and intentionally excluded.”

The AAMC now plans to release “diversity, equity, and inclusion competencies.” The National Association of Scholars has acquired the pre-publication version of these competencies (see below). Drawing from Advancing Health Equity, these competencies encode the watchwords of identity politics as official standards, for both students and medical professors. If medical schools adopt these competencies, they will establish social justice activism, along with a controversial set of political beliefs, as de facto professional requirements for students and faculty.

Under development for more than a year, the competencies take the form of educational standards, different skill benchmarks for distinct stages of a physician’s education, designed to facilitate “curricular and professional development” and “formative performance assessment.” They come at an opportune moment, as medical schools around the country have promised extensive training and curricula in diversity, equity, inclusion, and “anti-racism.”

Sailor cites numerous examples of DEI already being absorbed into medical school curricula, and says this new document means it will be more prevalent. More:

While they might satisfy accreditors, these competencies will deal a blow to medical education. They will force students and physicians to embrace social justice activism, prompt schools to evaluate students and faculty based on their adherence to a controversial set of beliefs, and ensure the violation of academic freedom.

Read it all — and check out the primary source documents embedded in the presentation. We are creating a system of medical education in which scientific facts are understood through the framework of rigid political doctrine. This is a sham. This is a betrayal of science. Look at some excerpts from the proposed standards, taken from the primary documents:

“Belonginess”? Right. Anyone sitting in a medical school classroom, whether faculty or student, who questions any of this ideological claptrap and its relevance to the practice of medicine is going to understand perfectly well the cost to them of speaking out against it. This is classic totalitarian practice: labeling slavery as freedom, and repeating it so often that people come to believe it.

Because of DEI, a lot of people are going to DIE, or suffer. From Live Not By Lies:

A Soviet-born US physician told me—after I agreed not to use his name—that he never posts anything remotely controversial on social media, because he knows that the human resources department at his hospital monitors employee accounts for evidence of disloyalty to the progressive “diversity and inclusion” creed.

That same doctor disclosed that social justice ideology is forcing physicians like him to ignore their medical training and judgment when it comes to transgender health. He said it is not permissible within his institution to advise gender dysphoric patients against treatments they desire, even when a physician believes it is not in that particular patient’s health interest.

How long will physicians be able to counsel people to lose weight for the sake of health, without being condemned as “fatphobic” thought criminals? You laugh, but this is coming. The United States built one of the best and most advanced health care systems in the world. We have problems with it, for sure — but now, ideologues are going to tear it apart to advance a political religion. This is not theoretical; this is actually happening. And who dares to stand up to it?

 

 

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. A veteran of three decades of magazine and newspaper journalism, he has also written three New York Times bestsellers—Live Not By Lies, The Benedict Option, and The Little Way of Ruthie Lemingas well as Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life. Dreher lives in Baton Rouge, La.

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