The rise of “wokeness” has transformed the intellectual and cultural climate in many of America’s most important institutions, and medical schools and hospitals are no exception. Diversity, equity, and inclusion requirements and race-preferential admission policies at medical schools and hospitals are now firmly entrenched, raising the concern that merit-based selection is being abandoned in favor of ideological litmus tests. What challenges arise because of wokeness in medicine? And are there clear, pragmatic approaches to overcoming them?
On December 13th, the Manhattan Institute hosted a two-panel conference featuring perspectives from medical school professionals, elected officials, physicians, and advocates. The first panel explored problems around wokeness in medicine. The second offered policy solutions to address those challenges.
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Registration and opening reception
3:00 PM – 3:05 PM Introductory Remarks
3:05 PM – 4:05 PM Panel 1: Defining the Issue: Current Challenges around Woke Medicine
- Heather Mac Donald, Thomas W. Smith Fellow, Manhattan Institute; Contributing Editor, City Journal
- Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, Professor Emeritus, UPenn School of Medicine, and Board Chair, Do No Harm
- Sally Satel, Practicing Psychiatrist and Lecturer, Yale Medical School; Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
- Moderator: Aaron Sibarium, Associate Editor, Washington Free Beacon
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM Panel 2: Policy-based Solutions to Current Challenges
- Kristina Rasmussen, Executive Director, Do No Harm
- Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, Utah State Representative
- John Ramer, Cooper & Kirk, PLLC
- Moderator: Leor Sapir, Fellow, Manhattan Institute