Data Shows Half of UCLA Med Students Are Failing Family Medicine Amid Racial Admissions Reports

Scott Giebel | May 24, 2024
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UCLA Med School is very hard to get into, with less than 200 out of nearly 14,000 yearly applicants getting into the school. That’s a rate of 1.3 percent, so you would assume that the students that do get in would be doing well.

But according to new reports, you’d be wrong.

Whistleblowers at UCLA have accused the school of lowering admissions standards for minority students who apply to their medical school, despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2023 that colleges can’t admit students based on race or other demographics - a practice more commonly known as “affirmative action.” California law has also banned prioritizing race in college admissions since 1996.

But that doesn't seem to matter much to UCLA, if these testimonies prove true. According to a graph from The Washington Free Beacon, data shows UCLA med students are failing in family medicine at a shockingly high rate of 50 percent, and some internal sources at the school say its continued race-based admissions practices are to blame.

In an article by OutKick, the unnamed whistleblower said Jennifer Lucero, UCLA Dean of Admissions at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, once complained about a Black student not getting into the school based on grades.

"Did you not know African-American women are dying at a higher rate than everybody else?" Lucero allegedly told an admissions officer. "The candidate's scores shouldn't matter," she said, because "we need people like this in the medical school."

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Whistleblowers have reported that under Lucero’s tenure, which began in 2020, factors like grades and other academic qualifications are virtually disregarded for “underrepresented minorities.”

The school has since dropped from 6th place on U.S. News & World Report's rankings for medical research to 18th, a trend that data shows coincides with a steep drop in the number of Asian American graduates at the school. One whistleblower, who was identified as a member of the school’s admissions committee, told the Free Beacon that there are “[med] students on their rotation who don't know anything.”

"I wouldn't normally talk to a reporter," a UCLA faculty member said, per the article. "But there's no way to stop this without embarrassing the medical school."

DEI offices in colleges have been shut down all over the United States, but some schools like UCLA are still holding onto this belief that universities need more diversity - even at the expense of a future generation of doctors knowing how to do their jobs.

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