TThe Department of Education announced that it is investigating Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine after allegations that the school places racial limits on its internship program and requires applicants to submit pictures of themselves .
The school’s Department of Surgery is accused of violating federal civil rights laws by implementing eligibility requirements designed to limit prospective students to people of color, according to a complaint filed by Do Not Harm, a physician group dedicated to protecting “health care from a radical, divisive and discriminatory ideology”.
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The Office for Civil Rights has opened an investigation against Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine for racial discrimination. https://t.co/P38EtcY5px
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“This eligibility requirement is described as ‘African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander,'” read the complaint, first filed in August.
“In violation of Title VI, medical students who are not members of one of the racial/ethnic groups designated in bold above are unlawfully excluded from the University’s “Diversity Visiting Subpractice Program in Surgery” and discriminated against ·legally because of their race, color and national origin”.
The program “aims to encourage medical students from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in medicine to consider pursuing a career in academic surgery,” according to a description posted on the school’s website.
The Department for Education has confirmed it is taking steps to investigate the allegation, according to a report.
University of Michigan professor emeritus and Do No Harm senior fellow Mark Perry argued that the type of racial discrimination allegedly employed by the Stritch School of Medicine occurs across the country.
“Medical schools like Loyola can prioritize either academic merit or diversity in their medical education programs, but not both,” Perry said.
“By emphasizing racial diversity over merit and academic ability with the discriminatory Diversity Visiting Subpractice Program in Surgery, Loyola School of Medicine is compromising its academic responsibilities and pursuing a political and ideological diversity agenda over the ‘medical education based on merit and academic excellence.’
Deciding who should be admitted based on their race will lead to a decrease in the “quality of medical providers,” he said.
“There’s the legal problem and also the quality of medical care is going to decline because of all this focus on ideology and critical race theory and all this fun of learning how to be a good doctor,” according to Perry .
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