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UCLA Medical School Admissions Controversy: Prioritizing Diversity Over Competency?

UCLA Medical School Admissions Controversy: Prioritizing Diversity Over Competency?

UCLA Medical School's Emphasis on Racial Diversity Reportedly Leads to Decline in Medical Knowledge

Report Alleges Favoritism in Admissions Process

The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) medical school has been accused of admitting less qualified racial minorities in the name of diversity, as per a report in The Washington Free Beacon. The report, which was published today, is based on interviews with medical professors and officials, many of whom have insights into the admissions process. The Free Beacon also secured emails and internal data on student performance.

One professor was quoted in the report saying that while there are "good graduates" from UCLA, "a third to a half of the medical school is incredibly unqualified." The report alleges that UCLA's admissions committee, led by Dean Jennifer Lucero, a medical doctor, has prioritized less qualified minorities over white and Asian applicants.

Admissions Committee Accused of Double Standards

The report claims that Lucero's committee "gives black and Latino applicants a pass for subpar metrics, four people who served on it said, while whites and Asians need near perfect scores to even be considered." These decisions took place before the Supreme Court's ban on affirmative action last summer. Affirmative action has been banned in California since voters approved a ballot proposition in 1996.

Meanwhile, UCLA's ranking has reportedly declined, and some students are said to be progressing through medical school without mastering basic knowledge. One professor recounted an incident in which a student in the operating room couldn't identify a major artery when asked and then criticized the professor for putting her on the spot. Another professor noted that students at the end of their clinical rotations don't know basic lab tests and, in some cases, are unable to present patients.

Concerns Raised Over Student Competency

"I don't know how some of these students are going to be junior doctors," the professor said. "Faculty are seeing a shocking decline in knowledge of medical students." For those who have witnessed the competency crisis firsthand, double standards in admissions are a significant part of the problem. "All the normal criteria for getting into medical school only apply to people of certain races," an admissions officer said. "For other people, those criteria are completely disregarded."

The report also alleges that Lucero has reacted harshly to officials who question the qualifications of minority candidates. In one instance, she reportedly reprimanded the committee and made members sit through a two-hour lecture on Native history delivered by her own sister, after the committee rejected a Native American applicant.

Legal Implications and Repercussions

According to the report, the medical school has consistently promoted "diversity, equity, and inclusion," including adding courses on "community service" and "social justice," and reducing time for science courses. George Mason University law Professor David Bernstein suggested that UCLA could face legal issues. He stated, "But if even half the allegations in this article are true, UCLA Medical School should cease to exist, and should be replaced by a new institution that (a) obeys the law; and (b) cares about the competence of the students it graduates."

Final Thoughts

This report raises serious questions about the balance between diversity and competency in medical education. While diversity is an important aspect of any institution, it should not compromise the quality of education and the competency of the graduates. What are your thoughts on this matter? Do you think UCLA's alleged prioritization of diversity over competency is justified? Share your thoughts with us and your friends. Don't forget to sign up for the Daily Briefing, which is available every day at 6pm.

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