Affirmative action for guys in medical school? The suggestion comes in one of the many stories that were pushed to the inside pages of Le Devoir this morning.
It seems that some 200 Quebec medical students attended a conference on the future of medicine, and one of the subjects was the increasing "feminization" of the profession. According to Jean-François Lajoie, president of the Association des médecins du Québec, up to 70 per cent of medical students in some medical schools are young women currently. What will this mean for the profession, and should there be some kind of quota system? No answers were given--at least not in the story--but the fact that this incendiary suggestion received so little attention is a measure of the way the media's attention is focussed on Haiti.
This attention is probably necessary. We should remember, though, that Haiti's problems are not "new" news, and aid from the outside now is not going to be enough to change things. Good background: Tracy Kidder's article from 2000 in The New Yorker about Dr. Paul Farmer and his project which now provides health care to about a million people in the central plateau, using mostly Haitian staff.
And this report from Avi Lewis (Stephen's son and Naomi Klein's husband) of Al Jazeera English: