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Eugene Gu, MD @eugenegu
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This is a tweet Vanderbilt’s general surgery program forced me to delete:

“A patient did not want me to take care of him because of my race and my chief went along with it, asking me not to step into the room. #Trump

Then Vanderbilt’s unrelenting retaliation began.
My program director called me into a meeting with the hospital administration and coerced me into deleting the tweet. They said someone could identify who the chief resident was even though I obviously did not mention anyone’s name or any specific information whatsoever.
When I went to work the next day, the chief resident was visibly angry about me complaining about the discriminatory incident and maliciously gave me the worst performance reviews I have ever received. It was 0’s across the board in every category.
Then my program director asked me to get an evaluation from an attending vascular surgeon, who told me to quit surgery altogether. She told me that I “do not inspire confidence in my patients or my peers,” which was a snide reference to my complaint about racial discrimination.
Incidentally, this was the same vascular surgeon who was known for being drunk in the middle of surgery to the point that the Tennessee Department of Health had to put her medical license on probation for five years.
When I told my program director about this incident with the vascular surgeon, she promoted that surgeon to be on the council for student wellness.
So in essence, Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s general surgery program punishes you far more for bringing up complaints about racial discrimination and bullying than it does a surgeon who literally performs surgery while intoxicated.
Vanderbilt’s general surgery program has a discrimination problem and a bullying problem. But by retaliating against anyone who would speak up, it has a truth problem as well. That’s the most concerning because without the truth the program has no foundation on which to stand.
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