(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) The University of New Mexico School of medicine has added new qualifications for applicants to their OBGYN residency and will now be weighing students’s contributions to anti-racism and diversity in the admissions process.
According to the Daily Caller, interviewers for the med school awarded coveted spots for OBGYN residency based on their “experience and interest” in “equity, anti-racist and diversity, equity and inclusion practices.”
Applicants obtain points for their activity in the area based on an interviewing rubric created by the college.
Applicants can earn extra points for being gay, African American, “Latinx,” or Native American.
“This residency interview scoring system should worry all Americans who may require healthcare,” said Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, board chair of watchdog group Do No Harm. “The only alphabet letters that are important in a physician are three A’s- ability, availability and affability. This is what prospective physicians should be judged on.”
In addition to their intersectional qualities, potential residents can earn additional points for being multilingual. Students can also acquire more points if they explain how they “hope to integrate anti-racism” in their residency.
The University of San Diego School of Medicine even shifted its entire curriculum to work towards “dismantling racism” in 2020.
The Association of American Medical Colleges also released equity and inclusion guidelines encouraging students to consider their “identity, power and privilege,” in their upcoming career.
“To downgrade the role of academic and intellectual qualifications in favor of particular political and social ideologies puts the quality of healthcare at real risk,” Goldfarb said.
“To focus on skin color or gender as the prime basis for entry into training programs corrupts the system and denies the centrality of patient welfare that should be the focus of all medical care.”