Saturday, May 23, 2009

Droppin' Like Flies,
Med School Deans

But fortunately we have someone at the University of MInnesota, Dr. Frank Cerra, who can be the dean and also do his other job. Of course he needs an Executive Vice Dean and three Vice Deans to help him. This is a wonderful way to cut down on administrative costs, nicht wahr?
[And a great way to play the old executive game, my org chart is bigger than yours..]

From Free Press Medical Writer, Patricia Anstett

Wayne State's med school dean steps aside

CLARIFICATION: An earlier version of this story said Dr. Robert M. Mentzer Jr. resigned from his position as dean of Wayne State University’s School of Medicine. He stepped aside, according to university officials.

The dean of Wayne State University’s School of Medicine has stepped aside from his job, citing personal reasons.

In a letter late Thursday to WSU President Dr. Jay Noren, Dr. Robert M. Mentzer, Jr. requested the university “appoint someone to serve in my place and stead.” He said he would return to campus June 2 for the School of Medicine commencement.

Mentzer had been at odds with Noren about key programs and training at the school. He had been dean for more than three years.

Mentzer and his Bloomfield Hills attorney, Sue Ellen Eisenberg, who has acted as his spokesman, could not be reached for comment Thursday, but Michael Wright, WSU spokesman, confirmed he will leave his job temporarily. Wright said Mentzer did not resign, but he wouldn’t give any other reasons for Mentzer’s departure.

Dr. Valerie Parisi, vice dean, will fill in for Mentzer “until further notice,” Noren said in a letter to the medical school’s faculty leaders.
Comment (same source)

And the students are not getting regular updates? Pathetic. The dean of the medical school is supposed to be the student advocate - turmoil like this should be discussed with the student body.
(What a novel concept...)


Anonymous said...

OK, I am starting as a medical student at that school in Aug. and I am concerned. You can read about the former dean doc (soon to be dean) who is replacing the dean doc who resigned (or stepped aside) at the link below:

It is hard to believe that this is happening.

Mr. B. said...

Thanks, I've linked her name to your cited article. Maybe when we're looking for a new dean we could get her to apply. Sounds like just the type of person we need...