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Students Protest After Six Minority Students Not Admitted to Medical School

Students Protest After Six Minority Students Not Admitted to Medical School

“students hosted a town hall meeting, started a petition, and protested”

This is a program where fewer than 200 people are accepted from approximately 10,000 applicants.

Campus Reform reports:

Students protest after six minority students denied admission to medical school

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science’s Chicago Medical School denied admission to six minority students. In response, students hosted a town hall meeting, started a petition, and protested.

The six rected [sic] students participated in the school’s Pre-Matriculation Program (PMP), which offers students from disadvantaged backgrounds a free non-degree curriculum.

Rosalind Franklin Communications Director Dan Moran told Campus Reform that the medical school “fields some 10,000 total applications annually, including those from the PMP program, and every application is reviewed to determine if the applicant meets specific admissions criteria for the 189 available seats.”

While PMP students are more than 100 times more likely to gain admission, it is “not a guarantee,” he explained.

Moran stated that the university hosts several programs geared toward helping minority students, including the PMP, INSPIRE (Influence Student Potential and Increase Representation in Education), and the Pre-Professional Research Laboratory Assistant course. The latter two programs begin in high school and form a pipeline for disadvantaged students into the medical field.

Moran told Campus Reform that “Individuals who are not offered admission continue to be supported on their career paths by the PMP and often may matriculate at a later time or to another school or program with continued support of the program.” The university rejects the notion that “decisions were infected by racism, either on an individual level or on a systemic basis.”

He also confirmed that other “students of color were among the admissions to Chicago Medical School for the fall term.”

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Do the honorable thing and confer your privileged enrollment in medical school to someone more deserving!

Dumbass virtuebots are already practicing hypocritic loathe.

The statements

PMP students are more than 100 times more likely to gain admission

and

The university rejects the notion that “decisions were infected by racism . . .”

seem incompatible.

So, in the end, which is it? Is the unfortunate patient going to get a doctor who’s medically qualified, or will he have to suffer with one who’s merely from the officially approved “background”?

Certainly not a new question, but we don’t seem to be getting any closer to a satisfactory answer.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | October 10, 2020 at 1:31 pm

There is no cure for higher education than to take the entire process out of college administrators’ control and shut those administrators completely out of the process.

The Good Witch | October 10, 2020 at 1:59 pm

Simple fix….just ask those in attendance of the town hall/protest if there are six accepted students willing to give up their place to the six rejected students of color. Here’s their chance to step up and give more than lip service to their convictions

They had 100x easier standards than other students, and they have the chutzpah to stage a demonstration?

It sounds to me like at least 6 people did not read any of the fine print. I am guessing that they offered some free science classes to some disadvantaged youth, free of charge. This was also a program for which no degree was conferred. So somewhere along the line some people must have gotten it into their heads that it wasn’t just an opportunity, it was a guarantee, and then to their dismay they realized that medicine at RFU wasn’t in their future, nor was a bachelors degree without some more effort and $$. The way I am reading this, it sounds like a program where selected students can take science courses at a half-load pace in order to do better in them and be more competitive in their applications. But people on admissions committees have to look at this and go “what?” There is a difference between being “in college” and just taking college classes, and admissions people are looking at the whole person, not just those selected science and math class grades.

Anacleto Mitraglia | October 11, 2020 at 10:34 am

When I eneterd Medical school inItaly, many many years ago, there was no filter to get in (now there is).
But, most of the unqualified ran out when the tough stuff began, IE biochemistry, 2nd year.

    How old are you, and where? Back around 1980 it was hard to get into med school. I worked with a good smart engineer, wonderful compassionate guy, great people skills, but white European male. He had already tried about 3 times to get into allopathic med school, without success.

    There is Caribbean med school, but then at the end you find out you can’t get a US residency.

    Here in the States we had “summer med school” where selected students got to spend their summer catching up. Once admitted, there were “no failures” and every effort was expended to keep certain students around. They were all in-state students so I think if your practitioner went to a private school out of state that you should be safe. Did I mention that I was a “creds snob?”

      artichoke in reply to MajorWood. | October 11, 2020 at 6:40 pm

      I am a “creds snob” today. When choosing a doctor I want to know how old he is and where his degrees are from.

      When I didn’t investigate first, things went well only about 1/2 the time.

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