February 23, 2021 - Statement in support of Dr. Dennar and the Tulane trainee community.

On February 11th, 2021, Dr. Princess Dennar, the first Black female program director at Tulane University School of Medicine, was terminated from her position with Tulane’s Med-Peds residency without warning or clear cause. Since then, evidence has emerged that this termination may have been the culmination of years of racist and sexist mistreatment against Dr. Dennar and minoritized residents in the program; or, indeed, retaliation against Dr. Dennar for speaking out and filing complaints about this mistreatment.


National APAMSA stands in solidarity with Dr. Dennar, our Tulane chapter, the Tulane community, and our Black colleagues in medicine. Too often, healthcare is a hostile field for minoritized trainees and leaders - those who are best equipped to care for patients marginalized by that very same system. We cannot allow this insidious violence to continue.


We urge our members to educate themselves about what is happening in Tulane - a situation that could very well be happening in their home institutions - and to take the following actions in support of Dr. Dennar:


  1. Sign and circulate Tulane’s letter to Tulane administration with specific demands for clarification, transparency, and accountability (signee identities remain private and protected);

  2. Sign and circulate this national letter of support with specific demands for clarification, transparency, and accountability from Tulane and the ACGME (signatures displayed);

  3. Customize and send this email to the ACGME (link automatically opens an email for you);

  4. If in a position to do so, contribute to the GoFundMe for Dr. Dennar’s legal costs;

  5. Follow @MedPeds21 and @TheTulane7 to stay updated


If you have questions or concerns, please contact the main organizers at Tulane University School of Medicine, the S.L.A.M Coalition (SNMA, LAMSA, APAMSA, MSPA) at slam.tusom@gmail.com.


In solidarity,

Your National APAMSA Board


Sources:

  1. Comprehensive thread compiled by an Indiana University Med-Peds resident, which includes images of emails and summaries of court documents: https://mobile.twitter.com/rebekah_roll/status/1360456080116092928

  2. Brief summary of the court documents, made by a Tulane medical student: https://mobile.twitter.com/rebekah_roll/status/1360456080116092928/photo/1

  3. Dr. Dennar’s full Case Documents: https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.laed.247389/gov.uscourts.laed.247389.1.0_1.pdf

  4. S.L.A.M. Statement for Transparency: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13ttuqLRkUBLCxbXkEo5NZv_a8RW4nVEPvzoYLsolNZY/edit

  5. Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors Association Letter: https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/IM/fecab58a-0e31-416b-8e56-46fc9eda5c37/UploadedImages/Documents/governance/MPPDA_Statement.pdf

  6. Dr. Dennar’s Open Letter of Response: https://slamtusom.wordpress.com/dr-dennars-letter-of-response/

  7. S.L.A.M Coalition website: https://slamtusom.wordpress.com/