The dean of CUNY’s School of Medicine has quit over a funding dispute that he contends jeopardizes the longterm health of the program.
“I have a profound disagreement with the CUNY administration with regard to the financial matters of the school … that are seriously jeopardizing our ability to grow and to pursue our ultimate goal: full accreditation,” Dr. Maurizio Trevisan wrote in a Feb. 1 email announcing his resignation.
In an email sent days earlier, he threatened to quit if the medical school, which is part of City College of New York in Harlem, could not control its own funds.
The medical school built up a reserve fund of more than $7 million, but administrators at the public City University of New York system now want it to shore up the sinking finances at City College.
In October, City College was projected to end the fiscal year with a $15.7 million deficit.
The medical school’s mission includes educating minority students to be doctors through a seven-year undergraduate and graduate program.
The program had been done in partnership with other medical colleges until 2016, when the School of Medicine opened its own doors at City College. It is expected to graduate its first class of doctors in 2020 and is currently seeking accreditation.
Medical schools need to demonstrate that they have sufficient resources in order to be accredited.
Trevisan would not comment on his resignation. A City College spokeswoman said an interim dean would be named at the medical school and the “school’s accreditation is not in jeopardy.”