AZ Medical Association votes no confidence in U of A president

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The Arizona Medical Association gave Ann Weaver Hart a vote of no confidence over the weekend, citing problems at the University's College of Medicine in Phoenix. (Source: President.UA.edu and KPHO/KTVK) The Arizona Medical Association gave Ann Weaver Hart a vote of no confidence over the weekend, citing problems at the University's College of Medicine in Phoenix. (Source: President.UA.edu and KPHO/KTVK)
The downtown campus opened in 2007 and is home to roughly 320 medical students. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) The downtown campus opened in 2007 and is home to roughly 320 medical students. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The University of Arizona president is not winning over the hearts and minds an influential state medical group.

The Arizona Medical Association gave Ann Weaver Hart a vote of no confidence over the weekend, citing problems at the University's College of Medicine in Phoenix.

They're concerned about a recent spate of departures by top-level executives, including the former dean of the school, Stuart Flynn. 

In addition to the vote of no confidence, the group also called on the Arizona Board of Regents to launch an investigation into why those executives are leaving.

According to a resolution passed Saturday, the medical association says, "(t)he investigation should at a minimum, examine the events and issues that led to the departures of the Senior Leadership team from the U of A College of Medicine."

University officials downplayed the loss of executives, saying it's not unusual.

As for the no-confidence vote, the university said it was blindsided.

"I am surprised by the Arizona Medical Association resolution, given that there has been no discussion between us nor communication of their concerns," said Joe "Skip" Garcia, senior vice president for health sciences at the U of A College of Medicine.

The downtown campus opened in 2007 and is home to roughly 320 medical students.

It also represents a substantial public investment. This year, the campus received about $32 million in state aid.

Right now it’s unclear if the regents will take up the investigation.

The chairman of the board, Jay Heiler, issued a statement saying he appreciates medical association and, “look(s) forward to hearing their present thoughts around the subjects raised in their resolution"

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