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Medical School at U. Texas Austin Will Focus on ‘Health Equity’ in Curriculum

Medical School at U. Texas Austin Will Focus on ‘Health Equity’ in Curriculum

“They will be taught how to advocate for inclusion and intervene when they see barriers, discrimination, biases and microaggressions.”

It has been clear for some time now that the left’s implementation of social justice in higher education would eventually come for the hard sciences.

At the University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School is now preparing to focus the curriculum on ‘health equity.’

Nicole Villalpando reports at the Austin American-Statesman:

Dell Medical School adds health equity as one of its primary focuses for students’ curriculum

Beginning next year, Dell Medical School students will have a greater focus on health equity in their studies.

The medical school at the University of Texas is adding an eighth focus of study, which it calls a core competency, to the curriculum. It joins the other core competencies: leadership and innovation; patient care; medical knowledge; communication; practiced-based learning and improvement; systems-based practice; and professionalism.

Under the health equity core competency, students will learn about the historical context of discrimination, how to recognize structural and social determinations of health, and structures of oppression within medicine. They also will learn how to identify their own biases and privileges; how to build relationships with a diverse group of people; and how to work with community-based partnerships. They will be taught how to advocate for inclusion and intervene when they see barriers, discrimination, biases and microaggressions.

Dr. Beth Nelson, associate dean of undergraduate medical education, said the school began looking at how to teach health equity when it opened in 2016, with a milestone in 2018 when it hired an associate dean of health equity.

Do you feel better knowing that your doctor may be able to identify biases and microaggressions in the future?

The Association of American Medical Colleges supports the plan.

Two weeks ago, they published this article:

Medical schools overhaul curricula to fight inequities

The need for physicians who understand health inequities and the impact of societal factors like racism has grown acutely clear in the last year, experts say, particularly in light of the murder of George Floyd by police and the disparate impact of COVID-19 on Black and Brown communities…

Increasingly, leaders in academic medicine are rejecting the educational status quo. A passing mention or optional course on these issues is not enough, they say. Instead, they are weaving content and experiences throughout their curricula to significantly boost awareness of social inequities and structural drivers of health.

“In 2018, only 40% of medical schools reported teaching about racial disparities,” notes Lisa Howley, PhD, AAMC senior director of strategic initiatives and partnerships. “Fortunately, a growing number of schools are working more intentionally to become anti-racist, either by creating new courses or expanding or threading new experiences into existing curricula.”

Woke medicine sounds just lovely.

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In the future, I will avoid all doctors with degrees from UT.

    vinnymeyer in reply to MTED. | June 8, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    Problem is, it’s not just them. Medical schools are tripping over each other to be the first to implement this BS. I would hope that they wouldn’t be taking time away from the actual study of medicine for this, but unfortunately I know better…

    nordic_prince in reply to MTED. | June 9, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Between this stuff and the cowardly physicians who’ve gone along with the political science governing the “covid” scamdemic, it’s getting to the point where we’re better off avoiding all doctors, period.

healthguyfsu | June 8, 2021 at 5:17 pm

Sorry, we split your carotid artery and killed you during that procedure, but we were really racially sensitive about it, so you can die knowing the world is more equitable because we made the same incompetent mistake on a minority, too.

healthguyfsu | June 8, 2021 at 5:18 pm

It’s not like the med school curriculum has tons of space to just throw in more stuff.

I’m just curious at what year they graduate to adult topics that aren’t about socialist fantasies and are practical for doing their real jobs, which aren’t easy.

both my sisters graduated from UTSW . One is now retired and the other is on her way out. Both say it just aint worth the effort no more, hasn’t been for years

If you stay away from doctors you avoid all sorts of iatrogenic illnesses as well.

I bet patients, of any majority or minority group, are not asking for this. They just want skilled doctoring for themselves and their families.

henrybowman | June 8, 2021 at 5:37 pm

“the left’s implementation of social justice in higher education would eventually come for the hard sciences.”

Sadly, medicine has not been, for some time now, what one would consider a hard science anymore.

Y’all remember Linus Pauling? Doctor of Chemistry and Mathematical Physics, Nobel Chemistry prizewinner, and called by many the father of both molecular biology and orthomolecular psychiatry? When he published a book extolling the virtues of Vitamin C for combatting the common cold, he was scorned by his peers and essentially told to “stay in his lane.” That’s how hard hard science can be.

Conversely, I filled out an online “introductory screening” today to see a doctor at the local clinic, both of which I have been seeing for a decade. Among the questions I was asked was whether or not I used seat belts regularly, had smoke detectors in my home, and kept guns in my house. That stuff is not just outside their lane, it’s down the exit ramp and three miles up a forest service road.

    alohahola in reply to henrybowman. | June 8, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    When they do that, I say “Prefer Not to Answer, ” or ignore it completely.

    bhwms in reply to henrybowman. | June 9, 2021 at 11:22 am

    There’s a reason they call it “practicing medicine.”

    Whenever I get asked these questions, I tell them, “you are crossing the lines of medical ethics. Let’s please stick to the reason I am here” as suggested by Dr Timothy Wheeler of Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership.

      henrybowman in reply to bhwms. | June 9, 2021 at 2:42 pm

      Sure, but they’ve finessed that now. You can’t lecture a multiple-choice computer form about ethical violations.

    Carey Allison in reply to henrybowman. | June 9, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    Stating “yes” to that question is so foolish as not merit discussion. “Prefer not reply” a long wordy way of getting “yes” entered in the databank. Lie! It is information that no good can come from the sharing of.

Medical tourism to Mexico is looking better and better.

Close The Fed | June 8, 2021 at 7:27 pm

They’ve already social-justiced medicine. Many, many doctors are foreigners. Americans aren’t getting this training and these careers.

It’s anti-American prejudice already implemented.

Give me an American doctor, every time.

Or you could treat everyone the same. That would qualify as equitable.

    caseoftheblues in reply to Ironclaw. | June 8, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    Equitable as it is used….you treat people of diferent races differently based exclusively on the color of their skin. To boil it down even more what they really mean is treat white people like crap….you have a waiting room full of patients…see the whites last no matter when they arrived or how serious their problem is…put whites as low priority for surgery, put them last on transplant lists, don’t provide medical services to them at all because that’s time you could be spending taking care of a POC….they are saying these exact things right now

I graduated Nursing School University Of Texas Health Science School

Austin is FULL of Californians and their BS . The Psychiatrists here are mainly gender fluid purple haired .

    alohahola in reply to gonzotx. | June 8, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    I would never go to a “mental health” professional in this day and age.

      Ben Kent in reply to alohahola. | June 8, 2021 at 10:20 pm


      My teen daughter went to a therapist – they asked her 3 x if she had gender issues in multiple ways. Gender confusion – gender curiosity. They have lots of ways to try to get into your kids head and pants.

      They do not have your kid’s interest at heart. They want to satisfy the woke and make $. They know many kids get inundated with gender B.S. and therefore question their sexual orientation. They are ready to take your $$. And they will call child services – if your kid says the magic words and then you try to complain, correct them or resist.

      You must talk to your kid and be sure they never express a gender issue at school or in any healthcare setting. The authorities will take your kid away if they believe you are not providing a proper place for their “gender expression”.

      Watch the 60 Minutes show about kids who have been sucked into this disaster. Hundreds, likely thousands by now, regret their gender transition and now want to de-transition. For many, their lives are permanent altered by this malpractice.

Isn’t the primary skill of the modern M.D. knowing how to write a prescription to treat your symptoms? Guidance for health comes from other fields.

This nonsense may be part of lowering the standards to the point anybody can be an M.D. Isn’t that equity?

    txvet2 in reply to TX-rifraph. | June 8, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    My only current personal experience is with a “wellness clinic”. If you’re sick, they don’t want anything to do with you.

Where exactly is the Texas State legislature during all of this? If a medical school in a blue state placed indoctrination in the direction of requiring med students to believe in Republican Party non-racist principles the governor would be putting his signature on a bill stopping them within minutes.

Albigensian | June 8, 2021 at 10:10 pm

“Black and Hispanic people have received smaller shares of vaccinations compared to their shares of cases and compared to their shares of the total population in most states.”

Yet this is surely not from lack of availability. Not only is vaccination widely available practically everywhere, but health organizations and those state public health departments still directly involved in vaccinations have been going out of their way to make sure vaccine availability is particularly abundant and convenient in predominately black neighborhoods.

I’d speculate that the reason might be a greater distrust of government among African-Americans, but I have no data.

But I would further speculate that the only way to achieve “vaccine equity” might be to deny it to those who belong to demographics that are over-represented among the vaccinated.

As with education, it’s far easier to create equity by removing opportunities from some than by increasing opportunities for others.

“So Sorry about that cerebral aneurism, but an inequitable percentage of your demographic has been surviving these. Come see us in six months if you still have an interest in doing something about it.”

Equity = Equality of Outcome

In medicine, White mortality rate is lower. We can’t have that – it’s racist. So, to be anti-racist, we need to kill more Whites. Then we can achieve “equity”.

Human sacrifice to the gods of Woke. And if you have a problem with human sacrifice – well, you’re racist against indigenous American Indians. Don’t you know the Mayans practiced human sacrifice ? How dare you exercise your white privilege by questioning a BIPOC custom ? !

“I’m sorry, ma’am, we can’t give you treatment for your aggressive cancer until we find and treat tumors in black women first. We need treatment rates to be the same. So we’re going to stop treating white people like you until Black people catch up. It’s only equitable!

If I need a doctor, I will only see doctors that graduated medical more than 30 years ago

I order my own blood work from Quest. A doctor’s prescription is no longer needed

I wonder if public self-flagellation will be required of white students as part of this “core competency?”

LuvConstitution | June 9, 2021 at 7:44 pm

I am so over this f’kn bull@hit.

What I don’t understand is “why.” When was the last time a med school folded for lack of applicants?