A medical school pledge ceremony as spoken by students at the University of Minnesota Medical School is raising eyebrows for the wording students reportedly recited.
Among other promises made publicly in August, the med students were encouraged to swear an oath “to honor all Indigenous ways of healing that have been marginalized by Western medicine” — and to fight “White supremacy, colonialism [and] the gender binary.”
Dr. Marc Siegel, a Fox News medical contributor, reacted to the events this weekend, saying, “That’s a mess,” during an appearance on “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Saturday.
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The students also had to say, “We commit to uprooting the legacy and perpetuation of structural violence deeply embedded within the health care system.”
Their spoken pledge also included this line: “As we enter this profession with opportunity for growth, we commit to promoting a culture of anti-racism, listening and amplifying voices for positive change.”
Said Dr. Siegel about the turn of events, “If we start having to give out herbs rather than [use] the latest technology, that might actually have an influence [on] patient care.”
“They’re also committed to healing our planet — well, how about healing ourselves and healing our patients?” Dr. Siegel also said.
Minnesota med school students also had to say, “We vow to embrace our role as community members and strive to embody cultural humility.”
Dr. Siegel noted the importance of the traditional Hippocratic oath for doctors — to “first do no harm” and “the whole idea of being humble and being kind” as medical professionals.
He said that “when you start programming people on what they’re supposed to say,” that becomes a problem.
He spoke as well about the traditional white coat worn by doctors — and wondered if today’s woke educators and administrators are going to request a change in the color or look of the professional garment at some point.
“We’re supposed to be studying medical textbooks,” Dr. Siegel also said.
“What’s wrong with this patient?’ It’s called the differential diagnosis. ‘Am I giving the right treatment? Am I ordering the right tests?’”
Yet those who are most concerned with being “politically correct,” he suggested, may not have the same emphasis and focus on the health-based responsibilities they’ve studied and committed to uphold.
The University of Minnesota Medical School has a “diversity” statement on its website that references the promotion of “health equity.”
“The University of Minnesota Medical School is dedicated to providing excellence across our mission — high-quality education for students of all backgrounds; innovative and cutting-edge research and exceptional clinical outcomes that promote health equity,” the site says.
“Through a variety of services and programs, we aim to engage everyone in our collective work toward inclusive excellence, promote equity in access to learning, scientific inquiry, care delivery, and celebrate our diversity through cultural experiences and opportunities on and off campus.”