Approximately 58 of the top 100 medical schools ranked by U.S. News & World Report include critical race theory in their courses and student training, according to the Critical Race Training in Education database.
Of the top schools, 46 provide students and staff with resources by Robin DiAngelo, the author of “Nice Racism,” a book about how progressive white people perpetuate racial harm, and Ibram X. Kendi, the author of several books on anti-racism, including “Stamped.”
CRT holds that America is fundamentally racist, yet it teaches people to view every social interaction and person in terms of race. Its adherents pursue “anti-racism” through the end of merit and objective truth, and the adoption of race-based policies.
“As with our higher-education database, some have embraced CRT explicitly, while others have a continuum of programming, such as ‘anti-racism,’ ‘equity,’ and ‘Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’ that does not easily fit into a Yes/No construct,” the Critical Race Training in Education database stated. “We provide information from which you can make the most informed decision possible.”
Harvard Medical School, named the top medical school in the country by U.S. News & World Report, is developing new classes for its master’s and Ph.D. programs that will help students “acknowledge the ways in which racism is embedded in science and scientific culture and work to redress these long-standing issues,” according to Harvard Medical School’s website.
The school’s Global Surgery and Social Change program requires its students to “participate in and lead informed discussions about anti-racism through a dedicated anti-racism curriculum” in order to educate students on the “history of racism and colonialism in health.”
The University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, ranked third in the U.S. News & World Report review of medical schools, has racial-affinity caucusing groups for students to participate in “anti-racist work and process the impact of racism on ourselves and our community,” the school’s website reads. In September, the school announced its “Differences Matter Initiative” to help the school “accelerate the achievement of equity and inclusion across the medical profession.”
Duke University School of Medicine, ranked sixth by U.S. News & World Report’s review of medical schools, implemented an anti-racism committee to “incorporate teaching racism and racial inequities” through “teaching, research and clinical missions,” the school website showed. The school offers resources including “an anti-racist reading list from Ibram X. Kendi” to help further its goal of making the school “an educational and research leader and agent of change towards an anti-racist culture.”
The department of surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, ranked 68th for medical schools in the nation, provides “ongoing faculty development sessions in topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion,” the school website stated. Students in the department of surgery will be taught to “eliminate the impact of implicit and explicit bias” within their practice.
The anti-racism push in medical education is increasing; to reach diversity, equity and inclusion goals, 35.6% of medical schools are offering incentives to departments that meet the diversity goals set by the institution. In July, the Association of American Medical Colleges released new guidelines on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives for medical schools to teach students to consider their “privilege” and patients’ “intersectionality” when providing treatment.
Critical Race Training in Education, Harvard Medical School, the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, and the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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