University of Minnesota bets new dean will reinvigorate Medical School

  • Article by: Dan Browning , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 15, 2014 - 9:45 PM

When Dr. Brooks Jackson arrives Monday as the new dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School, the Johns Hopkins pathologist will tap a reservoir of optimism that he’s the right person to lead the U back into the top echelon of American academic health and research institutions.

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bobajoulFeb. 15, 1411:06 PM

The fact that the medical school practice supplies 40M to support the medical school is the real problem. There never has been a stable funding supply for the medical school since Rotenberg and Hasselmo tried to run Najarian off. And failed. They then sold the hospital for its cash reserves of 200M and did not replace them. Those reserves were what supported education, not the state. The ALG program supported the medical school departments heavily. Time for this state to find a funding source for medical education to replace all the doctors retiring in the next decade. WE will have a crisis of providers soon. Texas has oil, California had oil and resources, other states have taxes, we have a lot of money made in medicine by insurers and device companies and nothing goes to education, rather to line the pockets of execs and docs they buy off to shill their products.

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Flicka1492Feb. 16, 1412:43 AM

The U. of M. Medical school has been a laggard for twenty years. Same old story every year: "We'll get better, we promise!"

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fwallenFeb. 16, 14 8:08 AM

The decline started when the social scientists began managing the Medical school without a sustainable plan. Selling off assets to support operations is most often a failed strategy. "A failure to plan is a plan to fail", if the new guy has vision and drive he should do better.

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optionFeb. 16, 14 8:17 AM

One needs to give credence to the fact that Dr. Kaler came on board from the outside, and retained an outside group to review the Academic Health Center and the U's Medical School. Albeit, the review was somewhat anemic, however, it provided enough guidance for Kaler to implement change. Bringing Dr. Jackson to Minnesota can't hurt. There's a new administration in charge at the University, and I suspect we will see further changes that will result in many improvements. The old guard is slowly becoming the retired old guard.

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jackpinesavFeb. 16, 14 8:45 AM

Baby Boomers, especially repub ones, need to rise and say "Hey, no big deal, what do we need doctors for anyway?" Non metro Minnesota has significant lack of doctors and nurses, affectig the quality of life already. Failed leadership by the past 2 governors and legislature have caused the demise of the U of M medical school. In effect, we sold the seed corn. Even Hubbard finally agrees. And once again, Arne Carlson is the only adult in the room, talking about short-term thinking regarding tuition costs to students.Simple look at state demographics about aging should jolt all of us. Critics of the Mayo expansion and push to bring back U medical school should keep lamenting the demise of the buggy whip industry. This should be a major discussion point in upcoming election of all lawmakers: invest in education and healthcare or shrivel and die as a state.

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money2Feb. 16, 14 9:22 AM

"They then sold the hospital for its cash reserves of 200M and did not replace them." Why not follow the athletic department and start a "fund raiser" to get that $200M back. Ask each Doctor that graduated to donate $XXXX dollars and rebuild that fund. I would also have the U start to work more closely with the Mayo Clinic and see how they are able to lower their costs but keep their service at the highest levels.

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woodyagFeb. 16, 1410:02 AM

Well; one can hope. Historical fact: leaders in Academia; "Heads", and sometimes even "Deans" - make ALL the difference. Show me any great department- I'll show you a great head- who made it that way. Johns Hopkins has, in the past, had an excellent internal culture for the colleagues. The U of MN, for decades, has actually taught a "rat eat rat" culture- don't turn your back on anyone- they'll stab it. "Hey, it's the Real World, you have to get used to it!" is the excuse. Doesn't have to be that way- didn't used to be that way- it's what you allow. Fingers crossed; and good luck to him.

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meegwichFeb. 16, 1410:21 AM

I just checked with Vegas and the odds are better for the Gophers winning the Rose Bowl next year than the changing of the guard at the U-MN medical school having a positive impact as long as the current administration led by Kaler continues to enable and condone human subject abuse in psychiatric research. A description of "insanity" is doing the same thing over and over again the same way...but expecting different results. That certainly applies to how the medical school deans have operated.

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elmore1Feb. 16, 1411:08 AM

You have got to love Arne Carlson for keeping the heat on Mr Kaler to actually do something about the out of control spending, tuition and student debt at the U despite being a DFLer!! Proves that there actually are some moderates out there. I hope the new Dean at the U will be a person of action around this issue. They could have had Sanford (professionals with an impressive track record) run this mess but instead opted to try to do it ourselves (like MnSure). Until we get some effective leaders at the U it will continue to struggle and cost taxpayers and students way too much!

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ladyjane65Feb. 16, 14 1:36 PM

This is a great hire by Dr. Kaler. Minnesota roots and years of experience as a leader at one of the country's greatest academic health systems. I share the U of M leadership's optimism.

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