Monday, January 26, 2015

Jail No Bail


It's fifty-four years too late, but South Carolina is finally vacating the convictions of the Friendship 9.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the interprofessional academic deputy

What exactly do "academic deputies" do?  If your first guess was "apprehend academic
criminals," guess again. Apparently they "interface" and "facilitate collaboration" and "provide leadership for implementation and evaluation." Oh yes, and develop a "shared resource structure."

If you have ever wondered why the University of Minnesota has become America's poster child for administrative bloat, have a look at this recruitment ad for an "Interprofessional Academic Deputy" in the Academic Health Center.

(HT to Leigh Turner and apologies to Bob Marley.)

Interprofessional Academic Deputy

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Duties/Responsibilities: *Updated job duties/responsibilities*Responsibilities include:Leadership for interprofessional academic initiatives (60%)-Facilitate academic policy issues and inquiries, as well as advocate on behalf of the interprofessional values and beliefs of the AHC academic faculty leadership-Provide leadership for implementation and evaluation of 1Health curriculum, including: -1Health team comprised of interprofessional faculty leaders and academic staff - Newly launched Interprofessional Practice and Education committee, comprised of approximately 20 health related programs across University of Minnesota campuses -Interprofessional faculty development programming -Three phases of 1Health interprofessional curriculum, including: -Introductory course for nearly 1000 entry level students -Didactic coursework to build skills -Authentic learning in clinical settings-Provide oversight for health-related academic programs, including: -Consultation and review of new program proposals -Interface with provosts office on new program proposals -Accreditation liaison to AHC schools, colleges and programs as well as for the Higher Learning Commission-Provide oversight for AHC Academy for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning-Convene AHC Associate Deans of Education bi-weekly to facilitate collaboration on disciplinary and interprofessional academic policies, issues and topics. -Develop of a shared resource structure to support AHC-based interprofessional programs, based upon successful models within the Center for Allied Health Programs, to include, but not limited to: Institute for Health Informatics, Center for Spirituality and Healing, and Center for Bioethics. -Interface with Provost's office to develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure compliance with undergraduate and graduate level academic requirements.Academic Interprofessional Special Projects (15%)-Special projects, as assigned

Required/Preferred Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications- An advanced degree in a health-related discipline - Expertise and experience in interprofessional practice and/or education- 5+ years of progressively responsible positions managing in large, complex organizations - Tenure eligible- Track record of success designing and managing large-scale, highly collaborative programs- Proven ability to build and sustain relationships, work in teams and collaborate effectively - Outstanding oral and written communication skills- Experience with financial management including development and oversight of budgetsPreferred Qualifications- Commitment to valuing and actively promoting diversity.- Demonstrated leadership ability, integrity, intelligence, and strong work ethic.- Ability to develop and build alliances with co workers and colleagues within the department and outside of it.- Ability to work with health professions faculty and students, as well as University level systems leadership and senior administration.
Internal Number: 238_117199

Friday, January 23, 2015

What does the U's secret IRB investigation report say?

And so it goes.  A year after I asked the U's Institutional review Board (IRB) to look into this alarming study, which eventually wound up on Fox 9 News, I finally have a response.  

"The IRB Investigation Panel has completed its work and the IRB has prepared an investigation report. However, this matter is not yet concluded as the University has decided to engage an outside entity to further evaluate the allegations and IRB findings."  Right. 

In 2007, the IRB Director, Moira Keane, said in a deposition that it was not the job of the IRB to protect patients. Exactly. At the University of Minnesota, the job of the IRB is to protect the institution.

Former President of Minnesota Psychiatric Society disciplined yet again

It's hard to imagine that any psychiatrist judged responsible for the deaths and injuries of forty-six patients -- including five suicides - would still be allowed to practice medicine.  It's even harder to imagine why pharmaceutical companies would still hire him to speak and consult for them, especially when his misconduct has been featured in The New York Times, Dateline NBC, The Boston Globe and The New Yorker.  But this is Minnesota. We do things differently here.

And so when Dr. Abuzzahab was disciplined again in 2006 for writing prescriptions for patients using false names, nobody blinked. The same was true for his most recent appearance before the Board of Medical practice last November. This time he "prescribed excessive quantities of medications for multiple patients."  (Take a guess what kinds of medications those were.)  According to the Board, an "audit revealed that in seven patient cases, Respondent's prescribing practices and procedures failed to meet the minimum acceptable standards of medical practice."

The punishment, of course, is another slap on the wrist.  And this time he doesn't even have to take an ethics course.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Professor Pfizer-Merck-AstraZeneca

"Better a whore than a concubine," an industry thought leader once told me.  The University of British Columbia apparently agrees.  Only they prefer to call it "Sustainable Health Care."

Monday, January 19, 2015

Observe research misconduct. File complaint. Wait years. Repeat.

Up here in the north, the folks in charge don't like to give you a simple no.  Instead, they prefer to wear you down with delays, excuses and meaningless form letters.  It has been over a year since I first asked the University of Minnesota IRB Executive Committee to investigate possible misconduct in studies of an unapproved antipsychotic drug called bifeprunox; over eleven months since I followed up with more information about the studies; and over seven months since KMSP News broadcast an alarming report concerning a vulnerable subject harmed in the study. Yet I still have not been told whether the misconduct has been investigated, and if so, what the investigation concluded.

The Dan Markingson School of Medicine?

More and more American medical schools are selling their names to donors.  The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The Weill Cornell Medical College. The Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern.

Writing in the The New York Times, Dr. Danielle Ofri asks: Instead of selling naming rights, why not name medical schools after patients?