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Mission and Leadership


The Office of Graduate Medical Education is responsible for ensuring that all residents and fellows at Tulane University School of Medicine are provided an accredited educational experience of the highest quality.

Executive Leadership

On July 29, 2021, the Tulane School of Medicine announced changes to the executive leadership at the School of Medicine. These changes advance our efforts in supporting and improving graduate medical education and the School of Medicine more broadly.

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.

Chi Dola, MD, MPHChi Dola, MD, MPH, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Section Chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and Director of the Obstetrics/Gynecology Residency Program, has been named Assistant Designated Institutional Official. Dr. Dola also holds the Warren and Adolf Jacobs Endowed Professorship in Obstetrics and Gynecology. An alumna of Tulane’s School of Medicine and the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Dr. Dola joined the medical faculty in 1997 after completing a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at University of California, Irvine. She was named Program Director in 2010. Regarded as a strong advocate for residents and resident education, Dr. Dola has received numerous teaching awards during her tenure at Tulane, including the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award and the National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education by the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology/American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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.