“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.
“We’re saying you can’t be a bystander, you can’t just be passive. You need to actively work to disrupt the systems that continue to marginalize and oppress people. That’s really powerful.” @natashadass, MS3 @DellMedSchool RE our health equity competency https://t.co/fdEXZOSK9j
— Clay Johnston (@ClayDellMed) May 25, 2021
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