Doctors and medical professionals are warning that new guidance issued by two medical school accrediting bodies could have “disastrous” effects on the field of medicine.
Practicing doctors and medical professors are warning that guidelines and recommendations issued by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in October would lower healthcare quality by making social justice, not merit, central in determining success in medicine, according to The Washington Free Beacon.
“Narratives that uncritically center meritocracy and individualism render invisible the very real constraints generated and reinforced by poverty, discrimination and ultimately exclusion. Yet a rich tradition of work in health equity and related fields, including critical race theory … , gender studies, disability studies, as well as scholarship from social medicine, gives us a foundation for an alternative narrative, one that challenges the status quo, one that moves health care towards justice,” the guidance says.
The AMA and AAMC are cosponsors of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which accredits all medical schools in North America. The AMA and AAMC document, titled “Advancing Health Equity: A Guide To Language, Narrative And Concepts,” also downplays how certain illnesses occur more frequently in certain populations.
One doctor, speaking to the Free Beacon, described the guidance as “disastrous” while another said, “this can kill people.”