New Med School Guidance Teaches Students To Consider ‘Intersectionality,’ ‘Anti-Racism’ When Treating Patients

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A national medical association released new diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) guidelines for medical schools to teach students to consider their “privilege” and patients’ “intersectionality” when providing treatment.

The July 14 report “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Competencies Across the Learning Continuum,” by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), is a three-stage DEI guidance for medical schools. Schools are advised to teach medical students and professionals to consider their “identity, power and privilege” when assessing and treating patients. (RELATED: ‘Dismantling Racism’: Top Med School Uses CRT To Train Medical Professionals)

Students are taught to be role models of “anti-racism,” the report states. The guidelines state that understanding their privilege can “improve interactions” with patients and families of the patients.

A student is administered a test by a Wild Health nurse during a COVID-19 testing day at Brandeis Elementary School on August 17, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky. Wild Health, a medical services provider, offered rapid COVID-19 testing to children at the school in response to rising numbers of positive tests in students and faculty. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear issued an executive order mandating face coverings worn in all public schools in Kentucky. In Kentucky, Lee County School District has been forced to close for three days due to a high number of COVID-19 infections. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

A student is administered a test by a Wild Health nurse during a COVID-19 testing day at Brandeis Elementary School on August 17, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

The guidance also recommends that physicians “address social determinants of health affecting patients and communities,” according to the report. Students are trained to recognize their “explicit and implicit biases” that may hinder their clinical decisions.

Faculty physicians are expected to advocate for “social justice” in the final stage of the DEI guidance, the report states.

The guidance comes as various industries push to implement DEI programs since the 2020 killing of George Floyd; in 2021, the NCAA eliminated their standardized test requirements to advance “racial equity” while the state of California spent nearly $500 million on DEI curriculums in K-12 education and higher education between 2020 and 2022.

The AAMC advises 171 U.S. and Canadian medical schools through “medical education, health care, medical research,” according to the AAMC website. AAMC member schools have access to the standards and are encouraged to implement them.

The Association of American Medical Colleges did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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