In a new interim report, the federally appointed monitor for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey details unethical and inappropriate activities of Paul Mehne, the former associate dean for academic and student affairs of the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine campus in Camden.
The monitor found grading irregularities, removal and/or destruction of documents, and financial and purchasing irregularities. Students who had not properly completed clerkships still received passing grades at Mehne's direction and received inappropriate advantages, according to the monitor.
The monitor noted that Mehne had announced plans to retire June 28, and was put on administrative leave on June 9. The monitor also noted that UMDNJ has begun to rectify the problem. Mehnes betrayal of the trust placed in him by the University, his colleagues, and his students is unconscionable, a UMDNJ spokeswoman responded in a written statement.
Since his removal, the university has taken a number of steps to ensure the integrity of our clerkship program. An aggressive investigation by the universitys office of compliance in partnership with the federal monitor continues, the spokeswoman added. In 2005, UMDNJ averted criminal prosecution for healthcare fraud by agreeing to a series of financial, management and personnel reforms, including oversight by the federal monitor. -- by Cinda Becker
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