Academic achievement is a critical component of medical education. Students who have excelled academically are better equipped to handle the rigorous coursework and demanding workload that comes with medical school. They are also better prepared to provide high-quality care to patients once they enter the workforce.
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized test that is used by medical schools to evaluate the academic readiness of prospective students. The test is designed to assess critical thinking, problem-solving, and knowledge of scientific concepts.
Lowering academic standards for admission will have a detrimental effect on the quality of education that medical students receive. Students who are not adequately prepared may struggle to keep up with the coursework, leading to a lower quality of education and potentially compromising patient care.
The MCAT is a critical component of the medical school admissions process. It provides a standardized measure of academic preparedness that can be used to evaluate applicants from diverse backgrounds. By placing less emphasis on the MCAT, medical schools are potentially overlooking qualified applicants in favor of those with less academic preparation.
The top medical schools are beginning to make the MCAT optional or dropping the test requirement entirely. In doing so, these schools are falling in national rankings, which is why they are colluding to jointly withdraw from US News and World Report rankings. If consumers cannot measure a prospective doctor based on any standard of academic achievement and accreditation, then the consumer is forced to accept “equity” and the lower standards of patient care that inevitably result.
In an effort to increase diversity, medical schools are placing greater emphasis on “lived experience” as a criterion for admission. This includes factors such as socio-economic background, race, ethnicity, and cultural experiences. By placing less emphasis on academic achievement, and greater emphasis on race and ethnicity, medical schools create an ethical dilemma -- dumbing down overall proficiency in a medical field that is already in desperate need for the brightest, most hardworking and reliable critical thinkers and problem solvers.
By basing college acceptance on subjective measures like race and cultural experiences, America’s top medical schools will become systematically racist by design. By artificially inflating their student population with different race, culture, and ethnicity, these colleges overlook the most qualified and proficient candidates, slowly degrading competency in the medical field and harming patient care in the real world. Evaluating applicants based on “lived experiences” could lead to a situation where under-prepared students are admitted over more academically qualified applicants. In addition, under-prepared students may struggle to pass licensing exams and obtain residency positions. This could lead to a shortage of qualified physicians in certain areas, further exacerbating existing healthcare disparities.
To make matters worse, these medical colleges are requiring students to adhere to “diversity equity and inclusion” classes, as part of the medical education. This is a form of ideological bullying, a cult-like behavior that should have no place in the objective medical sciences.
There should be no discrimination when accepting students for medical school, yet America’s top medical schools are doing just that, and sacrificing academic merit in the process. Medical schools have a responsibility to train the next generation of physicians to the highest possible standards. Lowering academic standards in order to increase diversity undermines this responsibility and could have serious consequences for patient care in the real world.