“Medical Schools are the Worst of the Lot”

HT: Fred


2 thoughts on ““Medical Schools are the Worst of the Lot”

  1. Who wants to go to a Doctor who has been indoctrinated with CRT and ESG ?

    It is worse than you can imagine in the area of admissions:

    Code Red: Downplaying Academic Excellence in Med School Admissions
    by Charles Lipson

    March 10,. 2023

    “America’s top medical schools, worried they have too few minority students, are doing something about it. They are lowering academic standards for admission and trying to hide the evidence. Columbia, Harvard, the University of Chicago, Stanford, Mount Sinai, and the University of Pennsylvania have already done so. The list already tops forty, and more are sure to follow.

    Of course, the universities won’t admit what they are doing – and certainly not why. All they will say is that their new standards add “equity” and “lived experience.” Unfortunately, adding those factors inevitably lessens the weight given to others.

    The harsh reality is medical schools are downplaying academic achievement and MCAT scores, which give the best evidence of how well students are prepared for medical school. The MCAT is specifically tailored for that purpose. In addition to a section on critical reasoning (similar to the SATs), it examines students on biology and biochemistry, organic chemistry, the physics of living systems, and the biological and psychological foundations of behavior. It’s easy to see how those relate directly to higher education in medical science. Yet med schools want to downplay them and add inherently subjective criteria like “lived experience.”

    Med schools are especially eager to get rid of the MCATs. After years of evaluating admissions folders, they know they cannot meet their goals for minority enrollment if they retain their near-total emphasis on academic qualifications. They know, too, that standardized tests and grades leave a statistical trail. They want to kick dust over that trail before the Supreme Court’s expected ruling against affirmative action. They fear the statistics will show marked differences in admission rates for individuals from different groups who have similar scores and GPAs. That’s not a wild guess. Admission teams know the evidence from years of experience”



    1. Fred, I largely agree with the article you cite. The MCAT’s are not perfect because some colleges prepare for the MCAT’s better than others; and some college students take expensive preparation courses for the MCAT in order to get better grades. But the medical schools need some type of objective measuring stick, and the MCAT is probably the best they have. There is no question that academic medicine has gone way overboard with these race-based efforts in general. Once again, UNC Chapel Hill might very well be the worst in the country in this regard.

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