A University of Pennsylvania professor has condemned recent movements for racial equity in health care, saying they prevent white and Asian students from being accepted to medical school.
Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, 78, professor emeritus at the university’s medical school, told the New York Post that a ‘focus on diversity’ has become detrimental to medical education.
‘I understand we need to give people more opportunities,’ Goldfarb said. ‘But there are some things you can’t sacrifice.
‘This focus on diversity means we’re going to take someone with a certain skin color because we think they’re OK, that they can do the work, but we’re not going to look for the best and the brightest.
‘We’re going to look for people who are just OK to make sure we have the right mixture of ethnic groups in our medical schools.’
A spokesperson for the medical school said Goldfarb’s statements do not reflect ‘core values’ representative of the school.
University of Pennsylvania professor Dr. Stanley Goldfarb says a push toward diversity in medical education has only lowered standards while excluding white and Asian prospective students
The school has since responded to Goldfarb’s opinions, stating they do not represent the school’s ‘core values’
Goldfarb partners his time at the school as the chairman for Do No Harm, an organization that says it wants to remove ‘the same radical movement behind critical race theory in the classroom and Defund the Police in health care
To complement his public statements, Goldfarb is also chairman of Do No Harm, an organization that says it wants to remove ‘the same radical movement behind critical race theory in the classroom and Defund the Police in health care.
The organization’s website says it works toward protecting doctors, patients and health care in its entirety from ‘discriminatory, divisive ideologies.’
He most recently wrote a new book, released in March, titled ‘Take Two Aspirin and Call Me by My Pronouns: Why Turning Doctors into Social Justice Warriors Is Destroying American Medicine.’
In response to Goldfarb’s public comments, the school’s chairman, Dr. Michael Parmacek, has called Goldfarb ‘racist’ in communication with school staff, according to The Post.
Goldfarb said he blames the 2018 arrival of Senior Vice Dean Dr. Suzanne Rose for the school’s push toward diversity.
‘We’d had a very stable leadership for quite a while and resisted going the way some other medical schools were going but she brought in this new ideology,’ Goldfarb said.
‘She wanted to link up to what the American Medical Association was doing in education, which was promoting woke ideas, and there was a phrase that she told me that always stuck with me.
‘She said we have too much science in the curriculum – which meant physicians should be more akin to social workers in their activities, particularly primary care physicians, rather than learning hard science that relates to patient care.’
Dr. Ashley Denmark (pictured), 38, started a petition in early 2022 for the removal of Goldfarb from the medical school
Denmark started Project Diversify Medicine, an organization intended to help minorities get into medical school
In 2020, the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) said systemic racism was to blame for the disparities between white and black patients.
They then announced a three-year plan in 2021 to ‘aggressively push forward’ policy to encourage people of color to enter the medical profession.
Because of this, other students do not have access to medical school, Goldfarb said.
‘It’s manyfold harder for a white medical student who has average grades to get accepted into medical school, maybe 30 or 40 times harder than a minority student with the same grades,’ he continued.
Dr. Ashley Denmark, founder of Project Diversify Medicine, started a petition in early 2022 demanding Goldfarb’s removal from the school.
Denmark, 38, started Project Diversify Medicine to help minorities get into medical school.
‘Goldfarb represents the privilege that a lot of white male doctors enjoy, which is the ability to express themselves freely without recourse,’ Denmark said.
‘Doctors like me don’t get the support a white doctor like Goldfarb does. Racism ends in a funeral for a lot of black and brown patients. All we want is more doctors who look like our community.’
‘Goldfarb represents the privilege that a lot of white male doctors enjoy, which is the ability to express themselves freely without recourse,’ Denmark said, which Goldfarb refuted by saying white or Asian students face more difficulties to get into school