'Malaise' besets medical school at U, panel says

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 17, 2012 - 8:49 PM

A long-awaited report confident "negative trajectory'' can be reversed.

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radiocameronDec. 17, 1211:09 PM

Seriously, does this panel truly believe that a simple pep talk will reverse the medical school's national ranking, while improving its tenuous relationship with Fairview, by not making ANY changes within its leadership? Sounds like the president and his panel are not being realistic in how true changes are made in the real world. I guess they would rather not upset the status quo, instead hoping things work out for the best by not stepping on any toes. The University of Minnesota will soon have a second-tier medical school, and the malaise will turn to apathy.

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erikj3Dec. 18, 12 4:07 AM

It never ends with the U.

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fwallenDec. 18, 12 6:04 AM

The report's lack of depth and candor has damaged the opportunity for real change. If you have no change, there will be no change.

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cavellDec. 18, 12 7:21 AM

There is a problem. The students come and go but the faculty remains. Do the math. Fresh new students. Tired, old,staff?

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woodyagDec. 18, 12 8:46 AM

History, history, history. History. Great universities- and great medical schools; have always had one thing in common- a great leader. Vast, declining mediocrities- are run by committees; and change leaders and structure every 3 years, hoping the "new!" will fix everything. Find a great leader the faculty respects, and admires- and stick. Or? Death by corporate committee doom.

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fivehole1414Dec. 18, 12 9:14 AM

Anyone or anything that has been forced to deal with Fairview will feel a malaise.

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fwallenDec. 18, 12 9:16 AM

The U seems to strive more for consensus than excellence not just in the medical school, but in many disciplines. The Carlson School is a great example. It was positioned to be a great contributor to the U and Minnesota. Where is it ranked nationally? I'll tell you it doesn't show up on any list of Excellent B schools. The president better get to work and be a transformative agent or else he will fail and the u will continue the slide.

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cavellDec. 18, 12 9:30 AM

so is there a problem? they graduate doctors. are they begging for students? do they turn away applicants? does the U want to expand? if none applies will school go away?

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sek2undrstndDec. 18, 1210:06 AM

Empower the faculty (experts in their field), have a leader who connects with the faculty and works to bring their voices into decisions which improve the atmosphere, the morale, and the school, provide the leader with the authority and backing to make the tough choices but make sure those choices are thoroughly communicated both in individual settings and in group settings, let people air out their disagreements in a respectful and thoughtful manner and be willing to make small changes based upon those discussions, incorporate best practices in both leadership and medicine and realize that you can't please everyone all of the time. I have not read the report and I am not connected to the University of Minnesota in anyway, so realize that my comments may not relate to the University of Minnesota medical school.

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summerguy3Dec. 18, 1210:46 AM

Cavell says: "so is there a problem?" Well, if you are unfortunate to require removal of a cyst in your brain, I'm sure you (like me) would want the best prepared, most motivated doctor to do the work. Your comment ignores QUALITY,which most consumers value highly, wouldn't you say?

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