Is there a Dean in the House? A recent Harris Search Associates study explores the shortage of academic medicine deanship candidates 

What are the words you least want to hear from your doctor? The answer might depend on who you are. If you’re a typical patient, the possibilities might include “Hmmm. I’ve never seen that before,” “Now that I have my license back, I can do the procedure immediately” or “Well, I reattached it — but I can’t guarantee it’ll work.” If, however, you’re a university president and the doctor is the dean of your medical school, another heart-stopping utterance might top the list: " I'm leaving..." 

For many campus CEOs, the prospect of having to recruit a medical dean has all the appeal of passing a basketball-sized kidney stone. The competition for top-notch talent is fierce — so much so that searches can drag on for months, even years. Frequently, a university will complete the arduous selection process, only to receive word that The Chosen One has accepted an offer from another institution — or, worse yet, a rival institution.

Enclosed please find a recent research piece that outlines some of the challenges facing the academic medicine/health sciences community in recruiting and retaining of the crucial and often elusive role of Dean....

 

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