Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination at Tulane Medical School Settled | Louisiana News
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lawsuit alleging racial discrimination at Tulane University School of Medicine has been settled.
Dr Princess Dennar, former director of the school’s residency program, filed a lawsuit in 2020 alleging a decade of discrimination, unfair rotations for doctors in training in her program and unsafe conditions for patients . It was quietly rejected on December 30.
Neither party has commented on the details of the lawsuit or the terms of the settlement. Tulane spokesman Michael Strecker told The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate that the claims “have been resolved.”
Dennar told the newspaper that she would continue to work at the University Medical Center, where she specializes in internal medicine. And although she is no longer affiliated with Tulane, she plans to continue to be a mentor after cultivating the first cohort of all-female, all-People of Color medical residents.
“I want to draw attention to racism in medicine on a national level, so that not only doctors but also patients have a voice,” she told the newspaper, without commenting on the settlement.
Dennar sued four months before she was fired as program director of the pediatric specialty in internal medicine, by a vote of a panel of 15 program directors and other physicians.
Afterward, dozens of residents called for the resignation of the school’s dean and, alleging in a letter that there was “deep-rooted structural racism and bias” throughout the medical school.
The Accreditation Council for Higher Medical Education, which regulates graduate medical programs, placed the residency program on probation in July. A statement from the ACGME at the time said the organization became aware of public reports of racial bias in Tulane’s GME program last February.
Strecker told the newspaper that the medical school was “working to address” the council’s concerns.
“Our goal is not just to lift probation status, but to make lasting systemic changes that will position us as a national leader among medical schools in graduate medical education,” Strecker said.
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