A source recently shared a curious observation with us: When Mary Dudley testifies to her education in court, as Jackson County's chief medical examiner often must, she skips over the origin of her medical degree.
We requested a copy of her curriculum vitae (that's, like, Latin for "résumé"), and learned that Dudley got her M.D. in 1987 from the American University of the Caribbean.
The Caribbean islands are home to more than 20 offshore M.D. farms,
which causes some concern within the U.S. medical community. Jordan
Cohen, the president of the Association of American Medical Colleges
from 1994 to 2006, wrote in an April 2005 article, "We know precious
little about these schools but believe that they are, at best, highly
variable and, at worst, wholly inadequate."
Cohen may have just been salty that the island schools compete with AAMC institutions for students ... except that they don't. Caribbean med schools get a bad rap because some of them are known for enrolling students who couldn't get into more reputable
schools in the U.S. (Caribbean schools can also criticized for a lack of accreditation, which Dudley's alma mater has addressed.)
No one's saying Dudley isn't qualified for her position (at $230,006 a year). She received a master's degree in Community Health Services from the perfectly respectable University of Colorado at Denver, and she's worked as a medical examiner and forensic pathologist in three other cities since 1993. Also, her "patients" are already dead.
But just a note for the defense attorneys who might find themselves cross-examining Dudley in the future: Don't forget to ask her where she got her M.D. ... and if she knows where we can find a good pina colada.
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