American Medical Association ethics journal calls for ‘antiracist’ education – Washington Examiner


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American Medical Association
's Journal of Ethics this month argued that
medical schools
must embrace critical race theory and anti-racism in their curricula in a peer-reviewed article.

written by a Los Angeles-area psychiatrist and three students at
University of California
medical schools, claims that in order to root out white supremacy and systemic racism, the education arm of the medical profession must embrace anti-racism.

The abstract for the article "An Abolitionist Approach to Antiracist Medical Education" says, "Medical education is limited to the biomedical model, omitting critical discourse about racism, the harm it causes minoritized patients, and medicine’s foundation and complicity in perpetuating racism."


"Antiracist medical education renders the invisibility of Whiteness visible to highlight its role in upholding medical racism and preventing change," the paper says.

The concept of anti-racism was popularized by Boston University professor Ibram X. Kendi, who published the 2019 book How to be Antiracist, which calls for "antiracist" activism to undo systemic and structural racism.

In an
on the journal's podcast, paper co-author Russyan Mark Mabeza, a student at
's David Geffen School of Medicine, said the purpose of the paper was to "communicate ... the reality that racism is so deeply embedded within the profession of medicine" and to "challenge [medical] trainees to think about what they're going into."

The article says the authors, using a grant from the American Academy of Family Physicians, created "antiracist medical curricular content that would be accessible to any student, health professional, or institution nationwide that wanted to engage in antiracism."

The paper says that while developing the curriculum, the authors began their meetings "by checking in emotionally before delving into our work, thereby creating space for grief, frustration, and anxiety" and, by doing so, "established an ongoing, dynamic system of informed consent for the emotional labor and spiritual work that antiracism requires."

"Most undergraduate medical education curricula are grounded in the biomedical framework, variably including health disparities data, social science principles, and, rarely, critical race theory," the paper says.

"[Minority] students’ and community members’ expertise, not faculty or administrators', fuels transformation in medical education," the article says in conclusion. "We urge [minority] students to take their seats at the tables they build outside of the house of medicine. The harm prevented, solidarity cultivated, radical vision nurtured, and movement advanced when like-minded medical students link up is not only worthwhile but absolutely necessary. And there is no time to wait."


Critical race theory, a theory that evaluates society and culture through the lens of race, says American institutions and culture are systemically racist and oppressive to racial minorities. The theory has garnered substantial controversy over the inclusion of its tenets in public school curricula. The concept originated in higher education, where it has been taught for decades.
A report by, a project of the nonprofit organization Legal Insurrection that tracks critical race theory in higher education, found last month that all but two of the nation's top 25 medical schools incorporate some form of critical race theory into their programs, often as mandatory training on racial sensitivity for students, faculty, and staff.

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