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The Diversity Mania Invades Medical School Admissions

Oct 26, 2011 |  George Leef

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The Diversity Mania Invades Medical School Admissions

Oct 26, 2011 | 

George Leef

According to this piece in the Yale Daily News, Yale's med school is jumping aboard the bandwagon for increasing diversity in its student body, aiming to include more LGBT students.

I can't see how aiming at quotas (or "goals" or some other euphemism) for this or any other type of student will improve the overall competency of the medical profession. I can see the reverse of that.


| October 26, 2011 - 9:49 AM

Two points come to mind here.  First, some of the initial work on AIDS was done by a heterosexual female doctor who wanted to know why so many of her seemingly-healthy gay male patients were dropping dead from this strange cancer that initially made no sense to her.  Had this gifted and dedicated physician been denied entry to medical school a few decades prior, had her seat gone to someone on the basis of whom and how the individual shared body fluids instead of the person who would discover that AIDS was being spread by body fluids, one can only guess at how much more extensive the loss of life to young gay males would have been.  Further, as we didn’t initially know that AIDS was neither airborne nor really that contagious, a hysterical population could well have decided to exile the entire gay community to some sort of Devil’s Island for the public good.

Do not forget that Fidel Castro did exactly this—that was how Cuba responded to the AIDS epidemic.

And we have the tragic example of Patrick Chavis to explain why identity group politics has no place in medical school admissions.  Chavis is the minority male who was given Alan Baake’s seat in med school, and for those not familiar with the rest of the story, Michelle Malkin’s description of it is located here:  http://www.adversity.net/FRAMES/Editorials/48_PatrickChavis.htm—- and wouldn’t those black women have been better off with someone who perhaps didn’t look like them but also wouldn’t let them bleed to death?

George Leef

| October 27, 2011 - 12:09 PM

Thanks for an excellent addition to my post. The Chavis case is probably only one of many instances (although probably the most dramatic) where the policy of favoring medical school applicants just because of their supposedly more “diverse” ancestry has led to the graduation of less qualified or even unqualified MDs.