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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.

School of Medicine Probationary Status

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. 

Probationary Status FAQs

What does "Probationary Accreditation status" mean?

Probationary Accreditation status is a label conferred by the ACGME to identify programs and institutions that fail to demonstrate "substantial compliance" with the ACGME's published educational standards. Institutions that are put on probation remain accredited to sponsor residency and fellowship programs and are subject to further review by the ACGME. Although institutions on probation remain accredited, they may not apply for accreditation of new programs and must advise current residents and fellows, as well as applicants invited for interviews, of the probation status. An institution with probationary accreditation that is able on a subsequent review to demonstrate substantial compliance with ACGME standards may be removed from probation and have its accreditation status upgraded to continued accreditation or continued accreditation with warning. The School of Medicine is committed to addressing and resolving the concerns raised by the ACGME.
Does the ACGME decision affect the accreditation status of individual graduate medical education (residency and fellowships) programs?

No. None of the School of Medicine's residency and fellowship programs have been placed on probation as a result of the ACGME decision.
Will this affect my residency or fellowship training at Tulane?

No. The School of Medicine has been a national leader in education, research, and clinical care for more than a century. While recognizing the significance of the current challenges, we remain confident in our ability to fulfill our missions and fully address the issues raised by the ACGME. We are encouraged that surveys of our residents, fellows and students consistently show that they are proud of their association with the medical school. We are grateful to have our students, residents, fellows, faculty, and staff as partners in our shared mission of building a stronger, more diverse educational, research, and health care institution.
Will this affect my license or my ability to graduate from a Tulane residency or fellowship program?

No. The School of Medicine and all of the residency and fellowship programs are accredited. The School of Medicine is working to address the ACGME's concerns with the goal of not only meeting but exceeding the ACGME's standards.
How long will the school of medicine be on probation? And what is the process for getting off probation?

There is no set timeline for lifting the probation. The ACGME has indicated that it will return for a follow-up review in August 2022. We will make as much progress as quickly as possible between now and then on the areas that the ACGME has identified. 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.
Does the Tulane School Of Medicine's "Probationary Accreditation" apply to the MD program?

The ACGME's decision does not apply to our MD program or other education programs, which remain fully accredited. The ACGME's decision applies to the Tulane School of Medicine only in its capacity as institutional sponsor of graduate medical education programs.