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It seems that left-leaning medical professionals these days are often vocal about their support of liberal narratives, while their right-leaning counterparts are carefully quiet on various controversial medical-related subjects. The few doctors who vocally oppose liberal narratives, even when they are objectively considered experts and highly published in their fields, face censorship, professional retribution, and unfounded professional criticism.
One concerned doctor, who is very close to me personally, has asked that I share his story anonymously to afford the public a glimpse into what medical academia and practice look like today for conservative Christian medical professionals. Due to numerous personal and professional warnings and threats he as recently received for saying unpopular but important things, he dares not risk his hard-earned career by attaching his name to his story, as he feels there is much good he can do by continuing in his medical profession. However, let his story serve as a testament to the current state of medical academia and practice, and an example of what conservative Christian medical professionals face in today’s society.
Here is the first part of his story:
“I am a second-generation physician. My father is a doctor in the rural area where I was raised with Christian and conservative values and a heavy emphasis on merit and achievement. At home and at work, my father was unashamed to share his traditional ideas that are now uncommon and unpopular in the medical community. For example, he repeatedly told me and his patients, “If you want to lose weight, just eat less and exercise more – and if that fails, just eat EVEN less and exercise EVEN more!” I inherited that same no-nonsense, logical, practical approach to life from him. My decision to follow my father into medicine was as much based on its compatibility with my analytical nature as it was on the fascination I had with the sciences. Little did I know that, someday, more than one doctor would threaten or attempt to cancel me out of medicine completely.
I attended a Christian university for my undergraduate pre-medical training, so my inevitable exposure to woke liberalism was delayed. Given those ideologically shielded circumstances, it is very curious to me that I somehow knew medical school admissions committees would hold me to a higher academic standard than my minority student counterparts. While I don’t recall how or when I came to recognize this reality, knew I would have to craft my medical school applications to emphasize my “diversity characteristics.”
I scored in the 98th percentile on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), and still I felt this great success would not be sufficient to guarantee admission without virtue-signaling my “diversity.” By chance, I had been assigned to learn a second language and interact significantly with a disadvantaged minority community while doing church-related service. I followed my intuition by permeating my medical school application with this experience. Only after matriculating into medical school did I find objective evidence that all my intuitions were correct. Sure enough, recent evidence illustrates the “racial preferences for blacks, Hispanics being admitted to US medical schools.”
My first exposure to the hostile woke leftist ideological environment of medicine was extremely shocking, to say the least. My medical school utilized a third-party company to electronically receive and verify all students’ vaccination records. My two-step tuberculosis (TB) negative test results were repeatedly rejected by this company with no explanation. In the third week of school, I met with the school administrator in charge of overseeing student vaccination records, who verified that I had received the tests as instructed, thus the results should be accepted. Therefore, I was shocked when, the next day, that same administrator told me I had to repeat the entire two-step testing process despite having verified that it had already been performed correctly. This was absurd, so I sent this administrator an email explaining that if people at this third-party company were incompetent enough to repeatedly deny my correctly performed negative TB tests, they should not be qualified to review students’ vaccination records. It took only hours for me to be summoned to the dean’s office, where the dean literally screamed at me for several minutes, completely red-faced and spewing spittle. The dean threatened to expel me from the school, forced me to write a gushing apology letter, and informed me that this incident would go in my record for the duration of the year – and that if even one more “lapse in professionalism” was submitted against me at any time that year, I would be expelled.
Only after this professional trauma was it discovered that my TB test results had been repeatedly rejected by the third-party’s electronic system because neither I, nor the administrator who reviewed my submitted test, nor the dean knew that both test results had to be uploaded together, not separately. It was all a big misunderstanding, and, thankfully, there was not an incompetent person somewhere repeatedly rejecting my correctly performed TB test results.
But the lesson I learned from this unfortunate debacle was chilling – even if there had been an incompetent person somewhere rejecting my results, the dean’s explosive reaction to my statements, and his threats to ruin my career, would still have occurred in exactly the same way. No effort was made to investigate my accusation of incompetence before issuing disciplinary action and threats against me from the highest levels of the school. My very first lesson in medical school was not about diseases or drugs – it was that incompetence would be defended instead of investigated, and people who pointed it out would be flushed from the system, like a parasite with ivermectin.
The rest of that first year of medical school was a fire hose not only of medical knowledge, but also of liberal ideas. Most of the lectures on medical subjects did not require attendance, while attendance was mandated for every one of the many sessions on medical discrimination of minorities, implicit bias, microaggressions, and diversity/equity/inclusion, as if those were more important to my medical training than my actual medical subjects. In one 3-hour session about microaggressions, one of my classmates, an Asian American who was raised in the U.S., stood up and told everyone he was very offended when anyone asked him the very basic and conversational question, “Where are you from?” An extensive implicit bias test was required pre-work for one of the sessions. In another session in which rambling comments were encouraged, many of my classmates divulged their distaste for their rural, traditional, conservative upbringing and for their parents’ persistence in those traditions. The few students with values similar to mine mostly stayed silent and remained in ideological hiding.”
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