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Indiana University School of Medicine Embeds DEI Lesson in Basic Anatomy Course

Indiana University School of Medicine Embeds DEI Lesson in Basic Anatomy Course

“The class features a series of PowerPoint slides, one of which claims sex is not the same thing as gender.”

The politicization of medicine is a huge mistake and we will all pay the price eventually.

FOX News reports:

First-year medical school students exposed to woke ‘sex and gender primer’ lesson

One doctor issued a stark warning against woke ideology in medicine after a Fox News Digital exclusive revealed first-year students at the Indiana University School of Medicine are exposed to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) content as part of a basic anatomy class.

Do No Harm Board Chairman Dr. Stanley Goldfarb joined “Fox & Friends First” to discuss his stance on the matter, arguing it is “dangerous” for the medical world to pick one side on controversial social topics over fears of patient mistrust.

“It’s dangerous for one major reason, and that is that these kinds of ideas are very controversial amongst Americans, and to have a medical world pick one side, if you will, pick one sort of approach in a very controversial ideological area just breeds mistrust,” Goldfarb said Monday.

“The patients that… feel that this shouldn’t be taught to medical students here, that their physicians are engaging in this kind of educational activity, are going to have less trust in their physicians when they feel that this is the wrong thing to be teaching students,” he continued.

Students in the class received a “sex and gender primer” lesson that includes instruction on gender being a “social construct,” that sex and gender are not the same thing, and on how to be a “more inclusive” health care professional when it comes to “gender diverse patients.”

The class features a series of PowerPoint slides, one of which claims sex is not the same thing as gender. It defines sex as “mostly biological” while defining gender as “mostly” a “social construct.”

A following slide mentions that neither sex nor gender are “non-binary,” and categorizes them both as “oversimplifications.”

“This was a course in structural anatomy,” Goldfarb said. “The notion about the relationship between gender and sex is an incredibly controversial area, and it ought to be taught, if it’s taught at all, as an incredibly controversial area in a very objective way to students. It shouldn’t be taught in a way that’s trying to indoctrinate students.”


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Thad Jarvis | March 14, 2023 at 11:59 am

I wish Ayn Rand were alive to witness what we are degenerating into.

healthguyfsu | March 14, 2023 at 12:49 pm

I’m actually not mad about this if done right.

Like it or not, this is something that doctors are going to have to face and address. Giving them information that doesn’t force an agenda is actually important. I’d like to see the powerpoint.

    henrybowman in reply to healthguyfsu. | March 14, 2023 at 5:22 pm

    When the message was actually described, that was my thought as well. Especially if the aim is to emphasize, “we are here to study sex, which is science; not gender, which is whim.”

    The second slide seems dangerously over the line, though.

      healthguyfsu in reply to henrybowman. | March 14, 2023 at 11:16 pm

      Gender is psychology, which is a study but soft in terms of science.

      Are you taking issue with the word mostly? That’s a CYA term against absolutism that honestly has no place in science, so I somewhat understand using it to instruct because the message is more likely to be received than summarily dismissed that way.

      I really want to see the whole thing though before I make many if any judgments. I don’t think we’ll ever see that, though, because we probably wouldn’t trust it straight from the school/instructor (likely to be edited at that point) and FOX doesn’t seem interested in releasing the whole thing either.

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