publication date: Jan. 17, 2014

When surveyed by the Faculty Senate in October 2012, nearly a third of faculty members at MD Anderson Cancer Center who responded said they were likely to leave the institution within three years.

Of that number, 9.3 percent said they were likely to leave within one year (The Cancer Letter, Jan. 18, 2013).

More than a year later, the numbers of faculty members departing from MD Anderson don’t look out of the ordinary, MD Anderson officials said.

During the 2013 fiscal year, 111 faculty members departed from MD Anderson. While that absolute number is the highest ever, these departures accounted for 7 percent of the faculty.

MD Anderson figures show that the same rate of departure has been observed twice before, in fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2007.

Critics say that many departures are caused at least in part by the management style and policies of President Ronald DePinho, who is beefing up the basic science programs and increasing financial targets for clinicians.

Administration officials dispute this explanation. The reasons for departures—the official term is “separations”—cannot be attributed to a specific cause, they say.

“Separations were within the same range we have tracked for more than a decade,” said Jim Newman, director of external communications. “Faculty leave MD Anderson for a variety of reasons. People come and go from all academic institutions for an endless variety of reasons. Sometimes … Continue reading 40-03 MD Anderson Departures

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