February 12, 2021
Dear Tulane Medical Community:
You may have heard the news that Dr. Princess Dennar’s duties as director of the Meds Peds residency program have been suspended and are currently under review. I know that this may be difficult news for some of you, but I want to assure you that any decisions will be made based solely on what best advances the medical training of our residents and ensures our continued national accreditation. This change came about after the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the body responsible for accrediting all graduate medical training programs for physicians in the United States, placed the program Dr. Dennar was directing on “warning status.” This status change triggered an automatic review of the program by the Graduate Medical Education Committee, which is comprised of a diverse group of Tulane faculty and medical residents from across the school as well as individuals from other institutions.
Some have sought to link the current Med Peds leadership review to a lawsuit Dr. Dennar filed against Tulane alleging discrimination and making other claims. While we are limited in what we can say about an ongoing case, I want to reaffirm that the School of Medicine is committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive community, and discrimination – in any form – has no place and is not tolerated.
Dr. Lee Hamm