Monday, December 02, 2002

Affirmative action

As the Supreme Court is about to decide a potentially landmark case on the constitutionality of affirmative action, the British Medical Journal raises a relevant point: US medical schools should consider race in admitting students:

A more diverse medical profession would improve cultural competency (understanding the beliefs and language of patients), increase patients' access to good health services (as doctors from minority ethnic groups often choose to practise in their own communities), strengthen medical research (addressing health issues important to minority communities), and improve diversity in health managers (executives and policy makers).

While I am against affirmative action in most cases, the BMJ makes a convincing statement, some professions should be diverse, not so that those professionals receive a multicultural educational experience (what BS is that??) but so that they can serve the multicultural public better. The trouble is dividing the public service professions from the corporate service jobs...


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