U's psychiatry chief steps down; change on the way?

Dr. Charles Schulz
Dr. Charles Schulz, who led the psychiatry department for 16 years, will remain on the faculty and keep his position as executive medical director, according to a University of Minnesota announcement.
Courtesy University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is beginning a national search to replace the head of its Psychiatry Department.

Dr. Charles Schulz is stepping down following harsh criticism over the way the department treats human research subjects.

He will remain on the faculty and keep his position as executive medical director.

The announcement came after a state legislative audit last month criticized the department for its treatment of Dan Markingson, a mentally ill man who committed suicide during a drug trial in 2004.

An external review in February also criticized the university for not doing enough to protect vulnerable patients.

MPR News host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Leigh Turner, a bioethicist at the university, about what Schulz's move means.

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