The watchdog, which tracks CRT curricula and training in higher education, found that subjects associated with CRT, such as the “racialization” of medicine, are common throughout medical schools nationwide.
The vast majority have “some form of mandatory student training or coursework” that teaches students about the privilege hierarchy and what they must do to address it. Thirty-eight of the medical schools where CRT was found even offered their students materials written by Ibram X. Kendi and Robin DiAngelo, the report found.
Many of the trainings include terms such as “anti-racism,” “cultural competency,” “equity,” “implicit bias,” and “diversity, equity, and inclusion.”
“This is a drastic change from focusing on the individual, rather than racial or ethnic stereotypes,” he said.
Last year, the American Medical Association committed to using CRT in a variety of ways and claimed “equality” is unattainable without it.
“We must adopt collaborative and participatory approaches and ensure that we use the theories (intersectionality, critical race theory, etc.), tools and approaches that allow us to consistently identify, elevate and work with marginalized groups in any spaces,” the organization said.
The AMA vowed to “[e]xpand medical school and physician education to include equity, anti-racism, structural competency, public health and social sciences, critical race theory and historical basis of disease” in order to combat the idea that equality is possible.
“Equality as a process means providing the same amounts and types of resources across populations,” the organization said.
“Seeking to treat everyone the ‘same’ ignores the historical legacy of disinvestment and deprivation through historical policy and practice of marginalizing and minoritizing communities. It has generated unequal society that traces back prior to the founding of our country.”