“The federal government's medical establishment releasing guidance failing at the most basic level of academic rigor shows that this was never about health care," state Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo said in a statement.

Florida’s Surgeon General Questions U.S. News Rankings Based On Wokeism

U.S. News & World Report long ago became better known for its lists, such as of the best colleges, than its actual news content.

U.S. News & World Report long ago became better known for its lists, such as of the best colleges, than its actual news content.

But Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo wondered how good the rankings of select children’s hospitals across America could be if being more woke moves one up the scale.

Ladapo called attention to the methodology of U.S. News’ selection process in a tweet on Tuesday.

The magazine did ask the 198 children’s hospitals included in its 2022-23 rankings to detail their offerings in a wide array of services. Those included programs or treatments for conditions such as cancer, infectious diseases, heart conditions, and neonatal care.

But then came the “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Measures” that hospitals were to track in order to make literal points with U.S. News. 

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That section included giving points for tracking race, ethnicity, household income, insurance status, and language spoken at home.

But according to U.S. News’ grading system, hospitals also must say how they collect data on “biological sex (assigned at birth),” “gender identity,” and “sexual orientation.”

“Is @usnews really pressuring hospitals to ask children their gender identity & sexual orientation?” Ladapo asked on Twitter. “Is there anything more inappropriate? How does this ‘point system’ measure quality of health care…”

But Dr. Ladapo may have only scratched the surface. 

As The Free Press reported earlier this week, several Florida medical schools, including the University of Florida and Florida State University, are going woke with mandatory Critical Race Theory training for students and faculty.

In that vein, U.S. News required that hospitals, for higher scores, provide “extensive data” about their practices for equity, diversity, and inclusion, which was a new wrinkle added to the ratings for 2023.

That included explaining whether they have “current strategic objectives to increase the number and inclusion/participation of individuals from groups historically underrepresented in medicine” as based on race, “biological sex (assigned at birth),” LGBTQ+ identity, and other factors.

The magazine also wanted to know if the hospitals mandated clinical providers to participate in training on “language diversity,” “implicit/unconscious bias,” “microaggressions,” “anti-racism,” “gender identity,” “gender equity/parity,” “sexual orientation,” and “cultural responsiveness/cultural humility.”

Dr. Ladapo is right: How does this system measure the quality of care?

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