Thomas Jefferson Medical School Denies Admission Based on Race

Nicole Katchur applied for admission to medical school at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She has demonstrated her academic qualifications but was denied admission because she is an American Caucasian. She was counseled to get an expensive DNA test to see if she might be able to claim status as a racial minority. She declined saying she would apply on the basis of her academic qualifications, which are apparently excellent. Basically she was being asked to use the Elizabeth Warren method to bolster her standing for admission.

She has sued the medical school for racial discrimination in denying her admission. The medical school has filed a motion to dismiss which was partially granted but all of Ms. Katchur’s racial discrimination claims were deemed sufficient to state a cause of action and therefore not dismissed. She will be allowed to go to trial on those claims.

The following 8 paragraphs are from the court’s memorandum opinion in Civil Action NO. 18-3421, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania:

In this case, Plaintiff, Nicole Katchur, alleges that Defendant, Thomas Jefferson University, wrongfully denied her admission to medical school. Plaintiff alleges that Defendant’s rejection of Plaintiff’s medical school application constitutes discrimination on the basis of her race, gender, national origin, and ancestry; that Defendant created a hostile educational environment; and that Defendant rejected Plaintiff in retaliation after Plaintiff submitted a discrimination complaint.

While Plaintiff attended Princeton, she aspired to pursue a career in medicine and majored in Neuroscience in furtherance of that goal. (Id. ¶ 8.) Plaintiff also held various jobs and participated in numerous extracurricular and volunteer activities. (Id. ¶ 9.) For example, Plaintiff served as a Math Teaching Assistant and Tutor, worked as a counselor at Stanford University during a summer vacation, organized an annual fashion show to raise awareness for Autism, volunteered at a local animal shelter, served as Princeton’s Preview Host, and volunteered with United for Sight and PrinceTHON. (Id. ¶ 10.)

Plaintiff also maintained high marks in her Neuroscience major. (Id. ¶ 11.) Plaintiff researched various medical schools and ultimately decided to pursue a career at Defendant’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College (“Jefferson”). (Id. ¶ 12.) Plaintiff scored in the 82nd percentile nationally on the Medical College Admission Test (“MCAT”), which was “well-within the range of those students previously admitted to Jefferson.” (Id. ¶ 32.)

        On or about August 10, 2016, Plaintiff learned that Defendant’s Director of Admissions, Dr. Brooks, would be visiting Princeton’s campus on August 11, 2016 to discuss Jefferson with prospective applicants. (Id. ¶ 13.) Plaintiff was excited to discover that she would be the onlystudent attending Dr. Brooks’s presentation, so it would be a one-on-one meeting where she would have the opportunity to express her interest in Jefferson. (Id. ¶ 14.)

        On or about August 11, 2016, Plaintiff attended the meeting with Dr. Brooks. (Id. ¶ 15.) Dr. Brooks immediately inquired into Plaintiff’s ethnicity. (Id.¶ 16.) After informing Dr. Brooks that she was Caucasian, Dr. Brooks asked if Plaintiff was sure and suggested that Plaintiff obtain an expensive genetic test to see if she could qualify as Native American or American Indian to garner better chances of being accepted to Jefferson. (Id.) Dr. Brooks informed Plaintiff that she advised a past Caucasian applicant to obtain a genetic test, that the applicant learned that he was partially African American, and that he was accepted into Jefferson on account of his race. (Id. ¶ 17.) Dr. Brooks also informed Plaintiff that she would gain admission to Jefferson in the incoming medical school class if she were African American, rather than Caucasian. (Id. ¶ 18.)

        Plaintiff attempted to steer the conversation to a more appropriate subject by asking about Jefferson’s JeffHOPE program. (Id. ¶ 19.) In response, Dr. Brooks informed Plaintiff that she could get information about the program on Jefferson’s website, and then proceeded to ask Plaintiff if she could give her “maternal advice” about how to “take her ‘mess’ and turn it into admission.” (Id.at ¶¶ 19-20.) Dr. Brooks insinuated that Plaintiff’s “status” as a Caucasian, European, American was a “mess” incapable of admission to Jefferson. (Id. ¶ 20.)

        Plaintiff again tried to move the conversation away from her national origin, ancestry, and race, asking about Jefferson’s mentorship programs for first-generation college students. (Id. ¶ 21.) Dr. Brooks responded, “Oh! You are a first generation, that’s why you’re at Princeton,” insinuating that Plaintiff’s high SAT scores and status as Valedictorian of her high school wouldnot warrant admission to Princeton. (Id.)1 When Dr. Brooks continued to assert that Plaintiff should attempt to discover if her family was somehow related to a minority group, Plaintiff again responded that she was a Caucasian, European, American who could not qualify as Native American or a member of any other minority group. (Id. ¶ 23.)

        Lastly, Dr. Brooks suggested that Plaintiff pursue a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (“DO”) instead of a Doctor of Medicine (“MD”) degree, stating that a DO “is not bad unless you plan on marrying off and living in a foreign country.” (Id. ¶ 24.) In response to this “sexist remark,” Plaintiff stated that she aspired to pursue an MD, after which Dr. Brooks proposed that Plaintiff withdraw all of her applications to medical schools. (Id. ¶ 25.)2 When Plaintiff stated that she did not intend to withdraw her applications, Dr. Brooks “abruptly” ended the meeting. (Id.)

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This Brave New World scenario reminds one of the German Nazis trying to create a pure Aryan race in the 1930s. It’s what identity politics in America has led to. Ms. Katchur is denied admission into their medical school not because she isn’t academically qualified, but solely because she isn’t racially qualified.

Jefferson University might want to change its name to the Josef Mengele University. Many Jewish doctors were sent to the gas chambers at Auschwitz for not being racially qualified.

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