If there's one thing a study of biology needs, it's the implementation of left-wing politics.
So seem to believe those in charge at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.
In June of 2020, the college created a social justice task force to overhaul the curriculum. UNC SOM's website announced thusly:
[W]e recognize the importance of integrating social justice into the curriculum to prepare our students and trainees to improve health equity and reduce health disparities. In addition, a just learning environment where faculty are well prepared to support a diverse learner group is essential for our success.
The school is dedicated to those most medical of musts — equity and power:
The Task Force used a multifaceted approach to achieve its goal and recruited a diverse group of individuals for the sake of equity and inclusion. By recruiting a diverse group and using a concentric ring structure of leadership, we aimed to distribute power to all participants and allow thoughts to flow in all directions among members.
In October 2020's Final Report, the Task Force provided “a list of 42 learning objectives in the area of health disparities, community strategies, bias/stereotyping, cross-cultural communication, use of interpreters, and self-reflection/culture of medicine that it expects medical students to review by graduation.”
It also took time to confirm the existence of racism intentionally embedded into America's systems:
[C]ountless medical associations and educators are calling for medical schools to clearly acknowledge racism as a public health emergency by incorporating more education about systemic racism and how to practice antiracism into training.
UNC aims to shift society:
To meet the needs of a growing diverse state, a curriculum embedded in social justice and antiracist components is essential to patient care, health equity, reduction of health disparities, and most importantly, social change.
As a reminder, per CNN, “antiracism” skewers statements such as these:
“We're all one human race/big happy family.”
“I'm colorblind; I don't care if you're white, black, yellow, green or purple.”
To hear UNC tell it, the horror of George Floyd exposed America's shame:
COVID 19 and the murder of George Floyd (and countless other people of color) has unveiled an ongoing reality that race has been and continues to be an extreme problem in America. … To navigate this problem, we must continue to address the implications of race in our educational system and history. If we fail to meet this challenge, we will continue to experience and witness the disparities that disproportionately affect people of color.
But how does a medical school fight a national anti-black blight?
The document recommends that those hoping to be hired as “leaders at the UNC SOM” be assessed according to their “growth mindset as it relates to social justice.”
Such a uniform standard will doubtlessly bolster “diversity.”
For another social justice joust, instructors will be trained in “implicit bias, the history of discrimination and racism in the U.S. and their relationship to health and health care, and skills to effectively incorporate issues of discrimination based on race/ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, nationality, religion, veteran status, socioeconomic status, body size, and other factors.”
A particularly notable part of the report regards actual organic matter and what it means.
Surely none could refute the connection between George Floyd's terrible death and this direct response to America's white supremacy:
All block directors and course directors will have changed their curricula by the fall of 2021 to adhere to the following core concepts:
5. Explain the difference between sex and gender and how specific organs and cells do not belong to specific genders.
Where social justice is concerned, medicine has of late gotten quite the shot in the arm.
Cases in point:
Columbia Medical School Launches Workshops on ‘Disrupting Racism' and Microaggression Management
Medical School Hosts Seminar on ‘Body Terrorism' Against ‘Fat LGBTQ+ People'
American Medical Association Wokes Up, Cancels Terms Such as ‘Morbidly Obese' and ‘Inmates'
Mayo Clinic Upgrades Its Dress Policy to Include Pronoun Buttons
Medical Professor Who Supports Hate Crimes Indictments for Criticizing Scientists May Not Be Showing All of His Cards
UNC is evidently trying to keep up.
To that end, other objectives include the following
Each lecture should have a “structural context” section, in addition to basic science and clinical material.
When discussing race, emphasize that race is not a set biological category.
Explicitly include antiracism content during lectures and small group discussions.
Use inclusive LGBTQI+ language.
All lectures addressing known health disparities will attend to those disparities and WHY they exist.
What might be the explanation of why? So far as I know, there exists no universally agreed-upon answer.
Regardless, times are changing, and so are our bodies.
Long ago, so the legend says, health maladies were thought to be caused by a small dwarf living in one's stomach.
Sometime after that, this was believed:
Thanks to modern medicine, we've moved past all that.