UCLA Medical School Standards Decline Under Diversity-Focused Dean

UCLA Medical School Standards Decline Under Diversity-Focused Dean
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Jen­nifer Lucero has presided over UCLA’s David Gef­fen School of Med­i­cine since 2020,with a stat­ed focus on diver­si­ty, equi­ty and inclu­sion (DEI). How­ev­er, her poli­cies appear to have neg­a­tive­ly impact­ed admis­sions stan­dards and stu­dent outcomes.

Admissions Standards Lowered

Anony¬≠mous sources with¬≠in the admis¬≠sions com¬≠mit¬≠tee allege that Lucero has effec¬≠tive¬≠ly dis¬≠re¬≠gard¬≠ed the ban on affir¬≠ma¬≠tive action in Cal¬≠i¬≠for¬≠nia admis¬≠sions. Qual¬≠i¬≠fied appli¬≠cants of cer¬≠tain races face stricter cri¬≠te¬≠ria, while under¬≠rep¬≠re¬≠sent¬≠ed groups have seen stan¬≠dards low¬≠ered ‚Äúas low as you can pos¬≠si¬≠bly imagine‚ÄĚ.

Student Performance Declines

Basic med¬≠ical knowl¬≠edge test fail¬≠ure rates have increased 10-fold in some sub¬≠jects since Lucero‚Äôs appoint¬≠ment. Over half of some stu¬≠dent cohorts are now fail¬≠ing stan¬≠dard¬≠ized exams in key med¬≠ical spe¬≠cial¬≠ties like emer¬≠gency med¬≠i¬≠cine and inter¬≠nal med¬≠i¬≠cine. Fac¬≠ult¬≠ly describe see¬≠ing a ‚Äúshock¬≠ing decline‚ÄĚ in stu¬≠dent preparedness.

Curriculum Overhaul Criticized

The pre-clin¬≠i¬≠cal train¬≠ing peri¬≠od was short¬≠ened from two years to one to make time for ‚Äúcom¬≠mu¬≠ni¬≠ty ser¬≠vice‚ÄĚ. How¬≠ev¬≠er, manda¬≠to¬≠ry class¬≠es on top¬≠ics like ‚Äústruc¬≠tur¬≠al racism‚ÄĚ and pre¬≠sen¬≠ta¬≠tions from con¬≠tro¬≠ver¬≠sial polit¬≠i¬≠cal fig¬≠ures have drawn crit¬≠i¬≠cism for being unre¬≠lat¬≠ed to med¬≠ical training.

Reputation and Ranking Fall

The med­ical school has fall­en from 6th to 18th in glob­al rank­ings under Lucero’s tenure. Alum­ni and fac­ul­ty warn that the rep­u­ta­tion and lega­cy of this once-elite insti­tu­tion are now at seri­ous risk if stan­dards are not restored.

While increased diver­si­ty was the stat­ed goal, Lucero’s poli­cies appear to have under­mined edu­ca­tion qual­i­ty and stu­dent out­comes at one of the world’s top med­ical schools. The con­se­quences could impact patient care if grad­u­ates are underqualified.

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