A member of the American Association of Medical Physicists (AAPM) said that ‘Political nonsense’ is infecting the medical profession.
An unnamed medical physicist practicing at a cancer facility and a member of the AAPM talked about the impact of infusing famously controversial ideas into medical science and cancer therapy.
He explained that AAPM usually focuses on scientific discovery and technological and medical improvements. However, now it’s devoting time and resources to diversity, inclusion, and equality efforts.
“In a normal world, or in years past, it would be like, ‘Hey, there’s a new report on CT quality assurance for this type of cancer and how to protect pediatric patients from too much radiation.’ But now, they’re listing out recently formed task groups that say, ‘Hey, we formed a task group for sexual and gender minority physicists.'” he added.
“Are we focusing on technology and advancements that are gonna help us fight cancer and help treat patients more safely? Or are we focused on, frankly, this political nonsense?” the medical physicist said according to Breitbart News.
The AAPM has a “Hispanic and Latin-x Medical Physics Subcommittee” as well as a “Black and African American Medical Physics Subcommittee.”
The AAPM’s “Sexual and Gender Minority Subcommittee” aims to “foster and promote intersectionality” while bringing in more members of that group into the field.
Another committee looks into the sexist language in the workplace. Its mission is to “recommend changes in wording to replace gendered pronoun usage with gender-neutral language where appropriate.”
The committee is invited to evaluate whether to use gender-neutral pronouns (“they,” “xe,” etc.) or modify the sentences to eliminate the use of pronouns altogether,” according to the committee charter. “The latter approach may be the more robust change in view of the fluid evolution of pronoun usage.”
According to the medical physicist, many people in the organization are scared to speak up as they are afraid of being blacklisted or having their careers damaged.
“Nobody wants to eliminate themselves from 50% of an already small pool of jobs.” he said.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urges doctors to perform “‘a clinic-wide review’ of their practice’s “commitment to anti-racism.”
Race should be defined as “a political and social construct, not a physiological one”—a dichotomy many doctors say will discourage genetic testing and worsen racial health disparities.” HHS required.