A Florida-based plastic surgeon says the American College of Surgeons (ACS) — the nation’s largest surgical organization — is prioritizing critical race theory (CRT) over “excellence in surgery” and intentionally sowing “distrust among doctors and patients.”
Dr. Richard Bosshardt told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson on Wednesday that he was “banned for life from access to members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and their online discussion forums” for daring to express concern over the organization’s injection of CRT and anti-racism measures into the field of medicine.
(Video: Fox News)
“The mission of the ACS, which was written into their initial mission statement ‘to serve all with skill and trust,’ has since been changed,” Bosshardt said. “They were supposed to be promoting excellence in surgery and supporting surgeons and their patients. Unfortunately, this is no longer true.”
“My ban occurred because two years ago, I noticed that there was a direction of the ACS to try to jump onto this systemic racism bandwagon – that seems to be very popular these days,” he explained.
“The ACS leadership went to war against itself,” he continued. “It declared the ACS, the American College of Surgeons, to be structurally racist. It also went on to say that surgeons are racists and even the practice of surgery is racist.”
“What this did,” the doctor said, “is it produced a type of messaging that now states that, as you clearly put, it’s best if patients are treated by surgeons of their own race.”
As BizPac Review has been reporting, Dr. Bosshardt isn’t the only one sounding the alarm bells against woke medicine.
First-year medical students at the Indiana University School of Medicine are being taught in their basic “Human Structure” class that gender is just a “social construct” and “not everyone fits” neatly onto the “established binarized sex as male/female.”
Indiana medical students schooled in woke DEI instruction on gender https://t.co/xk4PNePBOq pic.twitter.com/bC8HTiiCsr
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 13, 2023
And a non-profit group that advocates for a “race-blind America” — Color Us United — is focusing its efforts on the University of North Carolina’s (UNC) medical school in a bid to stop them from injecting social justice issues into its curriculum.
‘Race-blind America’ group targets divisive social justice issues being injected into medical school https://t.co/El2HbG7FKz pic.twitter.com/QyGwh9IsNd
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 20, 2023
To Carlson, Bosshardt asked what is the top qualification he looks for when considering a surgeon for himself or the ones he loves.
“Skill,” the host immediately answered.
“Skill? Absolutely,” Bosshardt replied. “What about trust?”
“I would say that after skill, probably the single most important thing that goes into providing good medicine is trust,” he continued. “A patient has to trust that the surgeon is not only competent and skilled, but also has their best interests at heart and will do the best for them. A surgeon, on the other hand, has to also trust the patient that they will understand that the surgeon is doing his or her best.”
In an opinion piece written for The Wall Street Journal, Bosshardt accused the ACS of “deliberately promoting ideas that sow distrust among doctors and patients, insult the integrity of professional surgeons and reduce the quality of the care we provide.”
“As a professional society, the college owes its members a frank and honest discussion about the merits of its actions and these ideas,” he wrote. “Instead, it is silencing dissent. After I continued to raise concerns about the pervasiveness of critical race theory and the antiracist philosophy, the college banned me from the online forums and blocked my access to a nationwide directory of my peers.”
It’s a move, argued Bosshardt, made by radical “ideologues.”
“These are the actions of ideologues intent on radicalizing the surgical field instead of improving care. Surgeons can’t let that happen,” Bosshardt wrote. “The only way to reverse it is for surgeons to speak out against the corruption of our profession. The ACS must choose between surgery and ideology.”
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