Former Penn Medicine dean: Social inequities, gun violence 'only tangentially related' to medicine

Medical schools are becoming too "woke," according to Stanley Goldfarb, MD, a professor and former associate dean of curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

In a commentary for The Wall Street Journal, Dr. Goldfarb writes that the increased focus on population health, eliminating health disparities and preparing clinicians to treat culturally diverse patients "is coming at the expense of rigorous training in medical science." Medical education should focus on the science of disease processes and treating patients, while gun control and climate change should be left to activists, he believes. 

"Curricula will increasingly focus on climate change, social inequities, gun violence, bias and other progressive causes only tangentially related to treating illness. And so will many of your doctors in coming years," according to Dr. Goldfarb.

Read the full column here.

 

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