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Some Medical School Programs at Tulane University Put on Probation Over ‘Diversity Concerns’

Some Medical School Programs at Tulane University Put on Probation Over ‘Diversity Concerns’

“we can and must do more to improve the oversight of our GME programs while also improving our learning and working environments, including enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusion”

A doctor named Princess made an allegation of racism, and now a professional accreditation organization has intervened.

WDSU News reports:

Some Tulane University medical school programs put on probation over diversity concerns

Graduate medical education programs at the Tulane University School of Medicine were placed on probation last week, in part based on concerns about diversity and inclusion, according to the school.

The accrediting agency that put the school on probation, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, notified the school on July 2, according to a letter Tulane medical school Dean Dr. Lee Hamm sent to faculty and students the following day.

The change in accreditation comes after Dr. Princess Dennar raised allegations in a federal lawsuit late last year of racism, sexism and retaliation, and was then subsequently removed from her post as director of a residency program.

The school has said Dennar’s February removal as director of the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency program resulted from an automatically triggered review of her program. Dennar and her supporters alleged the move was retaliatory. The School of Medicine received backlash for the decision from alumni, students and more broadly, on social media.

Hamm’s letter about the probation status says administrators “are limited in the information we can share about the ACGME’s decision,” because of “issues of confidentiality.” But he shared the following: “The clear message from the ACGME is that we can and must do more to improve the oversight of our GME programs while also improving our learning and working environments, including enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusion for everyone in our community.”

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Removing the princess after the start of a lawsuit was remarkably stupid, even if it was fully justified. People that stupid shouldn’t be running a med school. Economics maybe. J or Ed school, sure. But not med school.

    alohahola in reply to irv. | July 8, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    Her position was being diminished it seems, and she knew she was on the way down anyway–maybe she tried to used her lawsuit as protection?

    If that’s the case, that would suck, and I don’t blame them for removing her and not allowing her to hold them hostage. So they get a little probation and attention. So what?

    I hope they do a good job of improving their learning and working environments, and are able to minimize the damage that efforts at “enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusion for everyone in our community” can cause.

    I hope they never have to reinstate her. And I hope they don’t settle.

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