Med schools flatline applicants who don't support diversity, inclusion and equity initiatives

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In recent years, ideas that were once only discussed among those in academia and advocacy groups have become more and more mainstream, perhaps none more so than those relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

A new report compiled by non-profit group Do No Harm found that questions regarding DEI initiatives have been injected into many top-ranked medical schools across the nation, starting with the application process.

According to the report, out of fifty of the nation’s top-ranked medical schools, thirty-six asked applicants questions regarding DEI. Schools outside the top tier were also found to be “probing for information about candidates’ attitudes toward race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and more.”

Do No Harm suggested that the goal of all this “is to turn ideological support for health equity and social justice initiatives into a credential that increases an applicant’s chance of acceptance, to screen out dissenters, and to signal to all applicants that they are expected to support this new cause.”

The report highlights the questions asked by numerous institutions, including medical schools at Duke University and the University of Minnesota.

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