The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is an independent, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that sets and monitors voluntary professional educational standards essential in preparing physicians to deliver safe, high-quality medical care to all Americans. Graduate medical education (GME) refers to the period of education in a particular specialty (residency) or subspecialty (fellowship) following medical school; the ACGME oversees the accreditation of residency and fellowship programs in the US.
In 2022, all of Tulane's residency and fellowship programs were fully accredited, with 24 commended by the ACGME for substantial compliance in meeting the accrediting body's 285 institutional and core program requirements. The Internal Medicine, Medicine/Pediatrics, and Neurology programs are accredited with warning. All three are taking actions to respond to concerns raised by the ACGME and are committed to resolving them.
As the Sponsoring Institution for graduate medical education, the Tulane School of Medicine is committed to meeting the ACGME's standards for effective and quality residency and fellowship programs.
In April 2021, the ACGME conducted a site visit of Tulane School of Medicine to investigate complaints of discrimination. On July 2nd, the ACGME placed the School of Medicine on probationary accreditation because it determined that the School was not in substantial compliance with certain of the ACGME's graduate medical education standards. On February 8, 2022, the ACGME extended its probation decision. The School of Medicine takes the ACGME's decision very seriously. Our goal is not just to have the probation status lifted but to make lasting, systemic change that will position us as a national leader among medical schools in graduate medical education.