A major American medical association is working to spread the race-based teachings of Critical Race Theory (CRT), “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI), and other far-left concepts into medical education.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, the racist curricula is originating from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), and its charity arm the ABIM Foundation. Its efforts have since manifested in medical schools around the country, from an “anti-racism and structural competency curriculum” at the Oregon Health and Science University Hillsboro Medical Center, to the “social medicine and health equity track” at Georgetown University Hospital.
ABIM first began promoting racial politics in June of 2020, when it released a statement condemning an alleged “structural inequality” in the health care system, and vowing that it would challenge the “constructed social world.” The group later released a follow-up statement, written in Kendian, declaring that it had gone from being “passively non-racist” to “actively anti-racist.”
Several examples of this new policy include ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification Exam, which internists must take every 10 years; since April of 2021, the exams include questions about “health equity.” Such questions, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, may include concepts such as “allyship,” “microaggressions,” “intersectionality,” and how to “engage with systems to disrupt oppressive practices.”
The spread of CRT and DEI has been seen in other major academic organizations. The American Bar Association implemented new rules in February ordering all law students to learn about “bias, cross-cultural competency, and racism.” Similarly, the National Association of Independent Schools requires all of its member schools to display “cross-cultural competency” in order to promote “diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice.”
Some medical professionals have anonymously voiced their concerns about such concepts being implemented in such an important field. One doctor said that ABIM’s assumptions that a new DEI-focused medical practice would “build trust” with communities would instead achieve the exact opposite.
“Poor interactions with our inefficient and impersonal medical system are now increasingly interpreted through the lens of race,” the doctor continued. DEI, they added, will accomplish nothing more than “Addressing mistrust by creating mistrust.”