“they recommend using short questionnaires”
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This looks like nothing more than an effort to screen out the ‘wrong kind’ of people. In other words, people that progressive elites find unacceptable.
Campus Reform reports:
Yale University School of Medicine professors are proposing methods of screening for racists in university admissions.
An article in the Journal of General Internal Medicine by Psychiatry Resident Nientara Anderson, Professor Dowin Boatright, and Professor Anna Reisman titled “Blackface in White Space: Using Admissions to Address Racism in Medical Education,” points out that half of White medical students affirmed false statements about biological race, including the misconception that Black people have higher quantities of the protein collagen in their skin than White people.
“Given the long history and pervasive nature of racism in medical culture, this essay argues that diversifying efforts alone cannot address systemic racism in medical education,” says the article’s abstract. “We propose that medical educational institutions make a more concerted effort to consider racial attitudes and awareness as part of the admissions process as well as curricular reform efforts.”
The authors propose “a more direct way to address racism” — namely, “stop admitting applicants with racist beliefs,” which they immediately admit is a “complex task.”
The article advocates for reforms that would filter supposedly racist applicants. Namely, they recommend using short questionnaires to identify “significantly uninformed individuals.”
Additionally, the authors suggest that application essays, which would ask students to respond to “selected passages by prominent scholars on race and medicine, such as Dorothy Roberts or Harriet Washington.” They also consider interview questions, which could be similar to the essay prompts.
The authors are open to interviews conducted by minority community members, as well as interview prompts that ask the applicant to respond to discrimination. Finally, the authors suggest composing admissions committees that “include Chief Diversity Officers, expert consultants on race, and URM [underrepresented minority] faculty and students.”
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