Med schools caught throwing legality to the wind

Med schools caught throwing legality to the wind

Med schools caught throwing legality to the wind

Complaints have been filed against at least 12 U.S. medical schools for what one healthcare organization says is a direct violation of Title VI.

Do No Harm (DNH), a diverse group of physicians, healthcare professionals, medical students, patients, and policymakers united in the mission of making healthcare better for all – not undermining it in pursuit of a political agenda, says the schools are offering scholarships that "explicitly take individuals based on race."

Goldfarb, Dr. Stanley (DNH) Goldfarb

"The goal is to recruit minority students to their residency programs," explains DNH Chairman Dr. Stanley Goldfarb. "But you can't have a scholarship program that is based on skin color, which is the way that these scholarship programs have been created. Our attorneys have clearly pointed out to us why this is illegal, and we've even heard from at least one lawyer of one of the institutions that we sent letters to that they understood it was illegal."

According to Dr. Goldfarb, various departments embarked on these scholarships without even discussing the legality of them with their own attorneys.

Among the dozen Do No Harm has identified as offering the "illegal," "discriminatory," and "un-American" scholarships are, Nationwide Children's Hospital, the University of Florida College of Medicine, and the University of Minnesota Medical School.

AFN sent emails to all of the schools, and as of Wednesday, July 20, 2022, The University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center's Department of Radiology was the only one to respond:

"The Diversity Visiting Student Program for Underrepresented Minorities radiology program is offered in conjunction with the David Satcher Fellowship program, which is funded by University Hospitals. No federal or state funds are used for this activity.

UH's educational programs comply with applicable laws. Further, UH supports the goals of diversity, equity and inclusion, and will continue to make our health system a welcoming place for all of our patients and caregivers."