Texas A&M Medical School Boasted About Taking Down Photos of White Male Alumni 

According to documents that the medical watchdog group Do No Harm was able to obtain, Texas A&M School of Medicine bragged about removing the photos of white male alumni. This move was viewed as an example of the school’s devotion to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

According to the Washington Examiner, the medical school included the response in a survey it took for the Association of American Medical Colleges in 2022, which the organization used for its Diversity, Inclusion, Culture, and Equity Inventory. Do No Harm got their hands on the survey responses through a Freedom of Information Act request and was subsequently shared with the Washington Examiner.

The survey highlighted several of Texas A&M’s institutional commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), which includes maintaining “holistic admissions,” mandating diversity training for search committees, and reviewing salaries for “diversity.”

In this survey, schools were asked if they had re-tooled their branding and communications displays to eliminate any imagery that could be “perceived as noninclusive.” For its part, the Texas A&M School of Medicine said it took down “the predominantly white male photos of [the] graduating class prominently displayed on the entrance” to the university.

In addition, the medical school boasted to the AAMC that a non-white faculty member said the medical school talks “too much” to students, faculty, and staff about its “formal policies related to diversity, inclusion, and equity.”

There are over 650 students enrolled in the Texas A&M School of Medicine. According to a Heritage Foundation report, Texas A&M has 46 DEI staffers, which hovers around the national average of 45.1.

Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, the board chairman for Do No Harm, said to the Washington Examiner that he’s worried with medical schools like Texas A&M’s and how they are undermining the medical profession by privileging diversity and equity at the expense of merit. 

“Enhanc[ing] the quality of the medical workforce is the responsibility of medical schools,” Goldfarb stated. “If they have more capable individuals that they can bring in compared to the ones that they are bringing in because of these requirements for diversity and they’re not bringing those more qualified, more capable individuals in, they’re eventually producing a workforce that’s going to be less capable.”

Hopefully, the Governor’s office is watching this situation with interest and starts pursuing the measures that punish Texas A&M’s medical school and other institutions that promote pernicious ideas like DEI. 

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