S.L.A.M. demands full transparency regarding Dr. Dennar’s suspension

S.L.A.M. is interested in the details of Dr. Dennar’s suspension with the understanding that the culture at Tulane has allowed for a physician and her residents to undergo unacceptable abuses for the better part of a decade.

All existing reporting systems and structures failed to stop those abuses or to hold anyone to account.

We are interested in changing this culture from its roots and growing a better, stronger Tulane University School of Medicine.

S.L.A.M. is a collaboration of TUSOM Chapters of SNMA, LMSA, APAMSA and MSPA to represent marginalized and underrepresented populations in medicine and advocating for racial, economic, and gender equity at Tulane University School of Medicine (TUSOM)

Timeline of Events

February 11, 2021
Late at night, Med-Peds residents receive notice that their Program Director, Dr. Dennar, the first, only, and esteemed Black female PD at Tulane, was terminated in her role as Program Director of the Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program. (https://twitter.com/rebekah_roll/status/1360249917256704003


February 12, 2021
Dean Hamm addresses the Tulane community.


February 14, 2021
President Fitts addresses the Tulane community.


February 15, 2021
The S.L.A.M. coalition issues their official statement and request for transparency, offering the administration 48 hours to adequately address our concerns.


February 16, 2021
Dr. Dennar releases her own statement addressing the Tulane community at large.

February 18, 2021
Sixty medical residents published their statement of support to Dr. Dennar

A PGY3 resident and 44 other residents published their account of racism and prejudice faced at Tulane

Dean Hamm sends another statement to the Tulane community.

Twenty-eight alumni from various programs at Tulane released a statement on systemic racism, sexism, and discrimination at Tulane University.

February 19, 2021
S.L.A.M meets with administration (Dr. Lee Hamm, Dr. Anneliese Singh, Dr. Paul Gladden, Dr. Elma LeDoux, and Ms. Bennetta Horne, MS)

This meeting was recorded. It will be transcribed and posted as soon as the transcription (for accessibility) is completed.

February 20, 2021
Eighteen alumni of the Med-Peds Residency Program at Tulane published a letter of solidarity with Dr. Dennar – including personal testimonials from working under Dr. Dennar’s leadership, and outlining their demands for transparency, accountability, and a commitment to transformation that promotes justice and equity.

Local news station WDSU publishes a story detailing the student, resident, faculty, and alumni response to Dr. Dennar’s suspension.

February 22, 2021
S.L.A.M. published the recording and transcript of our meeting with Dean Hamm and the TUSOM administration.

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