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Yale Profs Propose Methods of Screening Medical School Applicants for Racism

Yale Profs Propose Methods of Screening Medical School Applicants for Racism

“they recommend using short questionnaires”

This looks like nothing more than an effort to screen out the ‘wrong kind’ of people. In other words, people that progressive elites find unacceptable.

Campus Reform reports:

Yale University School of Medicine professors are proposing methods of screening for racists in university admissions.

An article in the Journal of General Internal Medicine by Psychiatry Resident Nientara Anderson, Professor Dowin Boatright, and Professor Anna Reisman titled “Blackface in White Space: Using Admissions to Address Racism in Medical Education,” points out that half of White medical students affirmed false statements about biological race, including the misconception that Black people have higher quantities of the protein collagen in their skin than White people.

“Given the long history and pervasive nature of racism in medical culture, this essay argues that diversifying efforts alone cannot address systemic racism in medical education,” says the article’s abstract. “We propose that medical educational institutions make a more concerted effort to consider racial attitudes and awareness as part of the admissions process as well as curricular reform efforts.”

The authors propose “a more direct way to address racism” — namely, “stop admitting applicants with racist beliefs,” which they immediately admit is a “complex task.”

The article advocates for reforms that would filter supposedly racist applicants. Namely, they recommend using short questionnaires to identify “significantly uninformed individuals.”

Additionally, the authors suggest that application essays, which would ask students to respond to “selected passages by prominent scholars on race and medicine, such as Dorothy Roberts or Harriet Washington.” They also consider interview questions, which could be similar to the essay prompts.

The authors are open to interviews conducted by minority community members, as well as interview prompts that ask the applicant to respond to discrimination. Finally, the authors suggest composing admissions committees that “include Chief Diversity Officers, expert consultants on race, and URM [underrepresented minority] faculty and students.”

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Question 1: Are you woke enough?

Hint: There is no correct answer.

Will medical school applicants have the opportunity to screen Yale for out and out racialism? Seems only fair.

With a bit of study you can figure out the answers they want and give them what they want.

Why are so many blacks in prison? Racism.

Who are you going to vote for? Biden and Kamala.

Etc..

So Yale no longer cares about admitting the most qualified students to its medical school? Good to know so that when I decide on a new doctor, I can immediately cross off any who were educated there.
I’m just waiting for Yale’s recommendation that conservatives no longer receive medical treatment.

Pre-med students have no business filling out applications, going for interviews, or writing application essays without doing their homework first. They must research each school, find out what it looks for, and be prepared to give the right answers.

Applicants should read all the descriptions of the admissions process online (not the platitudes from the school, but from applicants), talk with successful applicants, and consult their pre-med advisers to find out more about what the schools want.

When I was a pre-med adviser, I had each of our students who returned from an interview complete a form about what happened in the interview. I kept lists of the questions each school asked and sample “correct” responses that were in line with what the school wanted.

When students fill out the forms, write their essays, and go through the interview process, their job is the same as for any other exam: Know the right answers, give the right answers, and look like the kind of person they want to admit.

There is no truth or falsehood here. Your own opinions are irrelevant except as they give an individual flavor to your personality in line with what the school wants. The fact that Yale is adding politically “woke” questions changes nothing. Students need to know what answers the committee will like and they must give those answers.

I guess it would be too obvious just to see which box they checked when asked whether they’re white, black, etc.

But it would be the most honest way, since their ideology is based on the idea that all whites are inevitably racists.

“points out that half of White medical students affirmed false statements about biological race” (emphasis added). What they’re doing is looking for a proxy for that straightforward checkbox.

including the misconception that Black people have higher quantities of the protein collagen in their skin than White people

Huh? Collagen? Something must have been lost in translation here.

    Barry Soetoro in reply to tom_swift. | October 7, 2020 at 11:17 am

    I fail to see hiw this particular misconception is in any way racist.

    As to screening applicants for racism, anyone intelligent enough to credibly apply to Yale Med School is going to be smart enough to not get labeled a racist by a lame screening process.

You know, between this equity cr*p and the teaching of “gender” in American medical schools, maybe I SHOULD prefer those doctors from Mumbai, Karachi and Cairo.

It’s like they don’t want prospective students at all. I wouldn’t go to a school that required this garbage.

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