How Others See Us - The AHC/Med School Reshuffle
In other medical education news, the University of Minnesota Medical School is searching for a new permanent top leader following an administrative reshuffling that left the current dean, Deborah Powell, M.D., without a job.
University President Robert Bruininks announced that the school’s two top jobs—those of the dean and the senior vice president for health sciences—were being combined into one role. Bruininks said in a letter to university staff that the streamlining follows a pattern seen at other medical schools nationally.
Frank Cerra, M.D., the sitting health sciences senior vice president, will assume Powell’s job responsibilities by July 1 if he is appointed to the interim dual role by the university’s Board of Regents in May. University officials expect to begin a nationwide search next year, with the goal of finding a permanent top administrator by the fall of 2010.
Powell is in ongoing discussions with university officials concerning an administrative position in medical education, a news release says. She was the first female dean of the 154-year-old school. Powell was the subject of a critical Dec. 21, 2008, article in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that said she had appointed university professor Leo Furcht, M.D., to a medical school ethics panel, even though Furcht was sanctioned in 2004 for secretly steering a $501,000 research grant to his own company.