A recent exposé has highlighted concerning allegations of discrimination at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, raising questions about the impact of progressive diversity policies on admissions standards. The school, which was once ranked among the nation’s top medical schools, has seen a significant decline in its standing under the leadership of Dean of Admissions Jennifer Lucerno.

The investigation reveals that Lucerno, who took charge of the admissions process in June 2020, allegedly implemented race-based preferences in the selection of applicants, a violation of both state and federal laws. According to sources within the school, Lucerno lowered admissions standards for certain individuals based on their race, creating a preferential treatment system that disadvantaged white and Asian applicants.

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One striking example cited in the report involved Lucerno pushing for the admission of a black candidate who did not meet the admission criteria. When questioned, Lucerno reportedly argued that the candidate’s scores were irrelevant due to the need for greater diversity in the medical school. Such preferential treatment undermines the principles of a merit-based admissions system.

The consequences of these alleged discriminatory practices are alarming. Anonymous sources within the admissions committee have expressed concerns about the declining knowledge and preparedness of admitted students. Reports suggest that some students lack basic medical knowledge, and there has been a drastic decline in passage rates for key exams when compared to other medical schools. These issues raise serious doubts about the quality of education and the ability of students to provide adequate medical care.

Additionally, the alleged discriminatory practices have resulted in a decline in the number of Asian students enrolled at UCLA’s medical school. Such a trend only perpetuates the cycle of discrimination that the university should aim to eradicate.

Critics argue that Lucerno’s leadership has led the institution astray, transforming it into what one former staff member described as a “failed medical school.” The push for ideological adherence to diversity, equity, and inclusion has allegedly superseded the institution’s commitment to upholding rigorous academic standards.

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Efforts to address these concerns within the institution have faced resistance. Lucerno reportedly hand-picked members for the admissions committee and stifled dissent by accusing opponents of racism, creating a hostile environment for those who raised objections.

While these allegations are contested, they underscore the need for transparency and fairness in the admissions process. UCLA’s reputation as a distinguished medical school hangs in the balance. The outcome of the ongoing investigations will determine whether the claims of discrimination hold true and whether corrective measures are required to restore equal opportunities for all qualified applicants. The impact of progressive DEI policies on academic institutions, particularly in crucial fields like medicine, prompts a broader conversation about striking a balance between diversity and meritocracy.

At least their Neurosurgery Department is focused on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion because when someone needs brain surgery, the last thing they care about is did the surgeon get the position based on merit or not: “The UCLA Department of Neurosurgery is dedicated to fostering a culture of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) to enhance the quality of our education, research, and patient care. Our mission is to inspire the next generation of diverse neuroscientists and healthcare professionals through strategic partnerships, mentorship programs, and community engagement initiatives.” – David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

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