For science or social justice? – The Republic of Minnesota

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Academia has recently become a breeding ground for activist types and woke ideology. Here at U de M, it was no different. The University of Minnesota’s Class of 2025 and 2026 medical students have been sworn in dedicating their future to their practices. However, carefully woven into this verbal commitment, highly politicized statements include, but are not limited to, acknowledgment that they are on Indigenous lands, a commitment to fight against white supremacy and promote a culture of Against racism.

This oath was brought to my attention by one of my colleagues in the Republic of Minnesota, and I was quick to read it for myself on the University of Minnesota medical website. After only a few days of considering whether or not to write about it, I returned to the website, only to be greeted with “You are not authorized to access this page”.

Luckily, with the power of WayBackMachine, here is the official medical student oath in 2025:

I was unable to access the oath on the main website as I was a few days prior. University officials have taken swift action to conceal what the public has a right to see. After seeing this, it was clear something needed to be said. Also, when researching the University Oath, the first source that comes from U of M is the 2021 Oath. This Oath had not been infected by Social Justice Warriors, as Cryptic Oaths are classes 2025 and 2026.

Here is the oath for the class of 2021:

“With gratitude for the privilege of becoming a physician, I make this oath to myself, my patients, my colleagues and my community:

I am committed to caring for my patients with all I have to offer, knowing that when I take care of myself, I have the most to give. I will use my knowledge and compassion to empower patients to be champions of their health and well-being. I will care for patients with cultural competence and respect. Recognizing the power and responsibility of being a doctor, I will face vulnerability with humility. I commit to seeing the person behind the disease.

I am committed to exemplifying the integrity and virtues that underpin the practice of medicine. I aspire to excellence while being aware of my limits and open to the voices of others. I will nurture my practice with a commitment to lifelong learning. I am committed to honoring the passions and obligations that define me as a person, both in medicine and in life.

I am committed to learning diligently from my patients, colleagues and communities, to advance the art and science of healing. I will strive for excellence through innovation in evidence-based medicine, respecting its usefulness and recognizing its limitations. I am committed to bridging scientific progress and social equity. I will challenge the barriers that prevent my patients from being treated and I will speak out against injustice and celebrate progress.

By this oath, I pledge to honor the traditions of those who have gone before me and the hopes of those I serve. May I long find joy in the healing of those who seek my help.

This was for the Class of 2021. After reviewing the verbiage used, it’s amazing to see the difference between the Class of 2025 Oath (pictured above) and the Oath of 2026 compared to the one written in 2017. Transcribed From a YouTube video by FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression), here is the oath for the class of 2026:

“We, the students of the University of Minnesota Medical School, a publicly funded institution located on Anishinaabe (Ah-nish-ah-nah-bay) and Dakota lands, recognize the privilege this gown represents. white and hereby swear to abide by the following oath as a community of physicians:

We are committed to uprooting the legacy and perpetuation of deep-rooted structural violence in the health system. We recognize the inequalities constructed by past and present trauma rooted in white supremacy, colonialism, gender binary, ableism and all forms of oppression. As we enter this profession with opportunities for growth, we are committed to fostering a culture of anti-racism, listening, and amplifying voices for positive change. We are committed to honoring all Indigenous healing methods that have historically been marginalized by Western medicine. Knowing that health is intimately linked to our environment, we are committed to healing our planet and our communities.

We are committed to honoring all Indigenous healing methods that have historically been marginalized by Western medicine. Knowing that health is intimately linked to our environment, we are committed to healing our planet and our communities”

We are committed to fulfilling our role as members of the community and strive to embody cultural humility. We promise to continue to rebuild trust in the medical system and to fulfill our responsibilities as educators and advocates. We are committed to working with social, political and other systems to advance health equity. We will learn from scientific innovations that have come before us, and we are committed to advancing and sharing this knowledge with our peers and neighbors. We recognize the importance of being in community with those we serve and standing up for those we serve.

There is a distinct difference between these two oaths, even to an untrained observer. With a little common sense, one can see how the statements made in this oath are politicized beyond belief. A medical student must have the best interests of the patient in mind and be open to growth. However, what exactly does a medical student have to do with promoting an anti-racist culture? What can they do about white supremacy, colonialism and ALL forms of oppression? Is this really a top priority, or should this priority go to the medical field?

Many would think that doctors and future doctors would be in favor of keeping medicine and science above politics, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here. Nothing covered in this oath is about medical solutions, or scientific discovery and ingenuity, but rather about social justice. There have been many other articles dealing with this abomination of a verbal engagement, some of which are linked to the end of this one. An OutKick article sums it up perfectly:

“In what is supposed to be a factual, scientific and evidence-based profession with a long-standing code of ethics, awakening wins.”

It’s hard to believe that these ideologies have seeped into almost every crevice of existence, and especially into the medical field. Moreover, it is disconcerting to see my university hiding its own resources from the public. Seeing that the first university-run website to appear when searching for the medical oath is in 2021 is a daunting game, but somewhat expected. It fits a pattern of most leftist ideologies, where they are afraid to speak to the public because they can’t help but say something that will certainly discredit themselves. Hopefully there will be some among the medical crowd to stand up for what is right, both for science and for morality. Humanity literally rests on her.

Here are some additional articles covering the 2026 medical oath:

Why evolution is true

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OutKick

Here is the link to the University of Minnesota Medical website, which now has a permission block to read the oath at the very bottom of the page:

https://med.umn.edu/medical-school-class-2026

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