When I say diversity

Med Educ. 2020 Jul 28. doi: 10.1111/medu.14299. Online ahead of print.

Abstract

Diversity has become an important term in medical education, impacting on curriculum design, selection policies, and school culture. For some, it may have acquired the status of a 'god term', an essential concept which influences and guides educational practice, yet may also be used as a 'rhetorical absolute', as has been suggested for the term 'competence' in medical education. This positioning recognises the significance of diversity as a concept. However, it may also do as much disservice as would resistance or scepticism, as it does not encourage the necessary 'unpacking' of the complexity and evolution of diversity as a key educational idea.