Following the opening of an investigation by the Education Department, the Medical University of SC changed its scholarships and programs to also include white students.
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Dept. of Education launched an investigation into MUSC when it was discovered that they disqualified men and white applicants from several diversity grants because they belonged to a group that was “under-represented in medicine.”
In February, the medical school notified OCR that it would extend its scholarships to applicants “regardless of race.”
In a letter dated February 28th, OCR noted that “the university had advised OCR that now the program is known as the Achieving Health Equity through Advancing Diversity (AHEAD) Guest Student Program and that qualifying for the program is available to all students no matter their race,” and that “OCR confirmed that the school’s website now calls the system AHEAD and that it does not include color, race, or national origin any longer.”
The program no longer expressly excludes anyone on the basis of race; instead, it is available to:
Students who are interested in diversifying the doctor workforce and/or dealing with healthcare disparities in the areas they serve which include those with disabilities, first-generation college students, those from rural backgrounds, those from underprivileged or marginalized backgrounds, members of the LGBTQ community, as well as other students.
Do No Harm’s Laura Morgan responded to MUSC’s decision by saying, “This decision demonstrates that the institution is well aware that adopting racially biased admissions practices underneath the guise of inclusivity not only involves lowering the standards in the name of diversity, but it is also a violation of federal law.” Do No Harm is an organization devoted to fighting woke racial and gender-based ideologies in medicine.
Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, the organization’s founder, criticized the effort to incorporate Critical Race Theory into the medical community, saying that “those who make the case for diversity in the medical workforce and in medical school admissions put the needs of pupils and doctors, particularly minorities, ahead of the interests of patients.”