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The Medical Profession Needs More Diversity

At least, that is the view that predominates at the Association of American Medical Schools. According to this IHE story, they want to revise the MCAT and pre-med preparation in order to achieve a more diverse profession. That, allegedly, will be good for patients, as well as the profession as a whole.

Does anyone in the medical profession dare to challenge the “diversity is great” trope? When patients get to choose doctors (something that may be on the decline as we keep politicizing the medical profession), do they really care in the least about the ancestry of the people they’re considering? And how is “more diversity in the profession” of interest to anyone? Does more diversity mean more competence? I don’t think that case can be honestly made.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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