What DEI Has Wrought on UCLA Medical School (and Public Health)

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The future of medicine as practiced in the West is looking a bit darker day by day (in the metaphorical sense of the word, of course, not the literal one) as medical schools are forced to grant entry to non-qualified candidates on the basis of their skin color alone — in direct contradiction, it’s a tired but still necessary point to make, to MLK Jr.’s explicit vision of a color-blind society.

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Via Washington Free Beacon (emphasis added):

Long considered one of the best medical schools in the world, the University of California, Los Angeles's David Geffen School of Medicine receives as many as 14,000 applications a year. Of those, it accepted just 173 students in the 2023 admissions cycle, a record-low acceptance rate of 1.3 percent. The median matriculant took difficult science courses in college, earned a 3.8 GPA, and scored in the 88th percentile on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)…

When it came time for the admissions committee to consider one such student in November 2021—a black applicant with grades and test scores far below the UCLA averagesome members of the committee felt that this particular candidate, based on the available evidence, was not the best fit for the top-tier medical school, according to two people present for the committee's meeting.

Their reservations were not well-received.

When an admissions officer voiced concern about the candidate, the two people said, the dean of admissions, Jennifer Lucero, exploded in anger.

"Did you not know African-American women are dying at a higher rate than everybody else?" Lucero asked the admissions officer, these people said. The candidate's scores shouldn't matter, she continued, because "we need people like this in the medical school."

So, to recap, granting for the sake of argument this woman’s claim that “African-American women are dying at higher rates than everybody else” [citation needed], the solution is to admit to medical school unqualified candidates who will go on to then incompetently treat these same women and that will somehow improve their plight because… logic.

To put this in practical terms, consider the hypothetical scenario in which White House DEI mascot, Karine Jean-Pierre, instead of taking and tanking the MCAT in the 90s, took and tanked the MCAT in the 2020s; she would have likely, based on the above reporting, been ushered in on a red carpet.  

And then, instead of telling government lies (poorly) for a living, she who can barely read would have the lives of untold numbers of American patients in her hands, most of whom would, at their own peril, take her health advice without hesitation on the grounds that she graduated magna cum laude from prestigious UCLA medical school!

Via Wikipedia (emphasis added):

Jean-Pierre graduated from Kellenberg Memorial High School, a college-preparatory school on Long Island, in 1993. Her parents wanted her to study medicine, and she studied life sciences at the New York Institute of Technology as a commuter student, but performed poorly on the Medical College Admission Test. Changing career tracks, she earned a bachelor's degree from the New York Institute of Technology in 1997. She earned a Master of Public Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, in 2003, where she served in student government and decided to pursue politics.

Continuing via Washington Free Beacon:

Since Lucero took over medical school admissions in June 2020, several of her colleagues have asked the same question. In interviews with the Free Beacon and complaints to UCLA officials, including investigators in the university's Discrimination Prevention Office, faculty members with firsthand knowledge of the admissions process say it has prioritized diversity over merit, resulting in progressively less qualified* classes that are now struggling to succeed.

Race-based admissions have turned UCLA into a "failed medical school," said one former member of the admissions staff. "We want racial diversity so badly, we're willing to cut corners to get it."…

Within three years of Lucero's hiring in 2020, UCLA dropped from 6th to 18th place in U.S. News & World Report's rankings for medical research. And in some of the cohorts she admitted, more than 50 percent of students failed standardized tests on emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics.

*Bonus points for the colorful “progressively less qualified” phrasing. How apropos!


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