Politics in Med School?

A medical student and her husband at the University of Iowa say liberal professors create a poor learning environment for conservative students according to a story in The Des Moines Register.

"I don’t feel like my traditional views are accepted," says Sarah Kent, a fourth-year medical student.

Kent’s husband wrote a guest editorial in the Iowa City Press-Citizen back in November complaining that a hostile environment was created when professors and physicians expressed political views at inappropriate times reports The Register. "Other conservative students wrote back saying they had never felt belittled for their views. College administrators said there have been no other complaints about political bias."

According to the article, Kent says professors instructed students to keep an open mind about homosexuality and premarital sex –practices Kent does not support. "The tone . . . was openness and tolerance. At the same time, if you hold traditional beliefs, you aren’t acceptable," she says.

A forum will be held later this month by U of I medical students to address politics in the classroom.