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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

We firmly believe that equity, diversity, and inclusion in all our residency and fellowship programs improves education, provides tremendous opportunities for community engagement, and creates better-trained physicians. Read about the EDI initiatives and resources available to students, faculty and staff at the School of Medicine.

Our Statement of Commitment

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The Tulane School of Medicine's (TUSOM) Office of Graduate Medical Education ensures that all residents and fellows receive an accredited educational experience of the highest quality. As part of that responsibility, we firmly believe that equity, diversity, and inclusion in all our residency and fellowship programs improves education, provides tremendous opportunities for community engagement, and creates better-trained physicians.

We are a work in progress. Tulane doctors have been caring for the people of New Orleans and the surrounding areas since 1834.  Our complex history is filled with examples when we have proudly served our community, and painful examples of when we have fallen short. We recommit to developing and growing a workforce that reflects the rich diversity of race, of gender, of religious belief, of national origin, of ethnicity, of age, of ability, and of sexual orientation found in the unique community and culture of New Orleans.

We seek to understand and invest resources into recruiting, supporting, and retaining a diverse physician workforce that includes members from groups that have been historically marginalized and underrepresented in medicine. In doing so, we understand the importance of providing a training environment intolerant of discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, gender, religious belief, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, gender, or sexual orientation.  It is our goal that all residents and fellows feel supported and mentored and are provided with equal access to opportunities for professional growth and advancement.

--Approved by the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) April 28, 2021

 

Tulane University is committed to equity as the driver of diversity and inclusion throughout the institution. Tulane defines diversity broadly to include persons of color, members of the LGBTQIA community, members of diverse ethnic groups including those typically underrepresented in medicine, members of economically disadvantaged groups, and any others who bring a different perspective to the learning environment. Please see the Tulane School of Medicine Diversity Statement for more details.

Black Lives Matter: Statement from Dean Hamm on Juneteenth 2020

Statement from School of Medicine Leadership (June 2, 2020)

Group on Women in Medicine and Science Statement of Unity and Support

Statement from Tulane University Deans in support of International Students

 

Leadership Bios

Paul Gladden

Paul Gladden, MD, Associate Professor of Orthopedics and Program Director of the Orthopedics residency program, is being promoted to Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and DIO (Designated Institutional Official for ACGME). Dr. Gladden joined Tulane in 2009, and has served as the Assistant Dean for GME and Assistant DIO, Director of the Orthopedic Residency, Chief of Orthopedics Trauma Service and Surgery at UMCNO, and a Surgeon for the United States Marshals and The New Orleans Police Department. He is also the Associate Chief Academic Officer for UMC. We look forward to Paul’s service in these new roles and responsibilities. An interim program director for Orthopedics will be named soon.

Dr. Gladden will succeed Jeffrey Wiese, MD, who will be stepping down as DIO after having served for over 15 years. We want to thank Dr. Wiese and congratulate him for his many accomplishments.
 

Rhonda Coignet

Rhonda Coignet, MBA, is being appointed as the Senior Director for Graduate Medical Education. Ms. Coignet joined Tulane in 1996, and has provided leadership in many key areas, including as Executive Director of Strategic Planning, Executive Director for Development Administration/Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President, and Interim Assistant Provost for Assessment & Institutional Research. Most recently she has served as the Director of Accreditation and Special Programs for the School of Medicine, where she prepared for accreditation site visits and supported the GME program. In this new role she will amplify her efforts, supporting the DIO, Program Directors, Program Coordinators, Residents, Fellows, and others in exceeding ACGME’s expectations for quality in graduate medical education.

 

Bennetta C. Horne

Bennetta C. Horne, MS, is being named as Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion while continuing her role as Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Ms. Horne began her Tulane career in 2003 as an Operations and then Program Manager in the Center for Bioenvironmental Research. In 2012 she served as an Accountant and then Program Manager in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, and in 2015 was chosen to establish and lead the School of Medicine’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. In this role Ms. Horne has made tremendous strides in increasing the cultural sensitivity of the student body, faculty, and staff to all areas of diversity, as well as in improving overall diversity through our recruitment and retention efforts.

 

Linzi Conners

Linzi Conners is the Manager of GME Systems, Program Support and Training. She has worked at Tulane for over 18 years in graduate medical education, and currently serves as the primary liaison to our program coordinators from the GME office. She offers training and support to all residency and fellowship programs on software, accreditation requirements, compliance and policies and procedures. Linzi also manages and oversees the resident education software platform (MedHub), which includes the implementation and management of all onboarding and credentialing for new residents and fellows. She also supports the GME office with program-specific compliance with accreditation and affiliate hospital training requirements.

Focused Efforts to Address Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

In 2020, the SOM established three working groups each tasked with reviewing the School's EDI efforts through the eyes of residents, students, and faculty.  These groups will report on the work of their respective committees with recommendations and suggestions moving ahead.

  • EDI Dean’s Coalition: The Coalition is an advisory group, formed in August 2020, comprised of faculty, staff, students, and residents to advise the School of Medicine on strategies to increase EDI in its educational, clinical, and research missions. This group, which includes the OMA Director, is working to design and implement initiatives that will make the School of Medicine a more inclusive and equitable educational environment.
  • Graduate Medical Education Taskforce on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: In July 2020, the GMEC formed an EDI Taskforce, consisting of four residents and eight faculty members who were peer nominated to make recommendations to the Graduate Medical Education Committee for how to advance meaningful change in EDI in the GME program at the School of Medicine. The Taskforce is charged with reviewing GME Policies and Procedures, Recruiting Best Practices, Cross-Program Collaboration, Residency Program Curriculum, Medical School Pipeline, and the creation of Diversity and Inclusion Committees.
  • Liaison Committee on Racial & Social Justice in Medical Education (RSJME): In July 2020, The Liaison Committee on Racial & Social Justice in Medical Education (RSJME), a medical student-led committee, was established in response to the School's Call to Action denouncing the murder of George Floyd and this country’s extensive history of racial and social injustice. The Committee’s charge was to address racial and social justice in TUSOM’s medical education. Its primary aim has been to work, under the guidance of the Curriculum Committee, to enhance education in racial and social justice across the curriculum by reviewing curricular content, providing feedback and offering recommendations.

The University has also invested resources into expanding Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work at the Institutional level.

Tulane appointed Dr. Anneliese A. Singh to be the first Associate Provost for Diversity and Faculty Development and Chief Diversity Officer, effective July 20, 2020. In this role, Dr. Singh has begun leading efforts to coordinate and enhance Tulane’s EDI work across campuses so that it has greater impact. She has begun sharing best practices in building diversity across Tulane to bring attention to and support for existing efforts focused particularly on recruiting, supporting, and retaining a diverse faculty.

Interfolio: Until 2017, the School of Medicine's ability to collect applicant and hiring diversity data was inadequate, as tracking, monitoring, and recording of data was completed only for those applicants offered an interview. To address this, the University licensed the Interfolio database system to track applicants for all faculty positions electronically, which now facilitates tracking of offers by diversity categories throughout the institution.