Leftist ideologies overtaking American higher education is a common talking point for those on the right. Fields like music and religion show a higher concentration of liberal professors compared to any other department, however, even in the hard sciences, such as chemistry and engineering, liberal professors outnumber Republicans.
As a medical student who finished my undergraduate in 2016, I somehow managed to avoid a lot of political discussion. Political polarization certainly existed on campus with professors preaching about the merits of Marx or Keynesianism in my mandatory electives. However, the indoctrination no longer ends at the undergraduate stage and now extends into the halls of our medical schools.
During my medical school interview, one of the only questions I asked the interviewers was if the school had a lot of political activism in classes. Seeing how caustic the political dialogue had become after the 2016 election, I had every intention of focusing purely on science and not having to endure listening to professors views. This was not the case.
On my first day of class, I walked in to see a laminated poster denouncing Trump’s comments on illegal immigrants, signed by classmates and hung in the lecture hall. Half of the clubs were pushing some leftist cause and received funds from the school to do so. The leftist, SJW, crowd had completely invaded our medical schools and were pushing their woke agenda on our future doctors.
In my experience, most attempts to push a particular ideology in medical school are not as boisterous or upfront as you may see in videos online. I can’t even say for sure that they were intentional, and, in most cases, I don’t think they were. For example, the school would have weekly seminars and invite guests to discuss certain topics related to medicine. Strangely there would always be only one side presenting their viewpoint.
One of the most striking examples of the leftist takeover of medical education is on the topic of transgender people. In the DSM V, this is labeled “gender dysphoria,” and is accepted to be a psychiatric issue. The treatment can, in theory, range from talk therapy to medication to transitioning. However, you would never know that if you attended my school. At one of these conferences we were shown in excruciating detail how to perform a gender transformation surgery and there was absolutely zero discussion about the indications, contraindications, or adverse outcomes of such a surgery.
When I approached our psychiatry professor, who was not in any way involved in the conference, I was told he had never once been consulted for a patient with gender dysphoria. This is an amazing admission and dangerous considering the sky-high rates of depression and suicide in transgender people. The idea of gender transition on demand without any alternatives has been successfully smuggled into the minds of our future doctors with little to no opposition.
But this isn’t the only example of leftist ideology invading medical education.
During my time in the classroom I was routinely exposed to liberal views such as implicit bias, patriarchy, male privilege, systemic racism, the advantages of single payer (and evils of free market) healthcare. While it is valuable to discuss the merits of these ideas, they were all treated as truth and only presented from one side in every case.
While it’s easy to say a person should stand up and confront those beliefs if they disagree, that’s a lot more difficult to do in medical school. Class is already challenging and stressful enough without having to worry that your grades will be affected by a professor’s view of you. Furthermore, when you eventually apply for residencies, your letter of recommendation will come from the school and other professors—which makes the risk even greater. I have certainly lost the respect of quite a few of my classmates by espousing my opinions, but have also received some silent support afterward.
Medical school represents the pinnacle of science education in America. It was always my assumption that leftist ideology worked in the social sciences but had no chance in the hard sciences like chemistry and medicine. I now see that this was a foolish assumption and without a concerted effort to keep facts as the foundation of science and medicine, these fields will be no different than the other subjects dominated by the left.
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