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Dog Eats U's Homework - We Get Grade of "I" in Conflict-of-interest Policies

The latest version of the student AMA scorecard has surfaced. The U has gotten the grade of Incomplete as a result of their strategic policy of foot dragging.


Gary Schwitzer, in his most excellent blog,
tells the sad story:


By Gary Schwitzer on June 16, 2009

The American Medical Student Association today released its 2009 scorecard on academic medical center conflict of interest issues.

The group gave A grades to:

Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
Mayo Medical School - College of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
University of California Davis School of Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

The group said this about my local school - the University of Minnesota Medical School:

This institution has informed us that they are revising or developing their policies. However they have provided material for review.

Most of the policies regulating conflict of interest at University of Minnesota Medical School demonstrate progress towards a model policy, but could be strengthened further. There are no policies regulating off-site educational events or pharmaceutical samples, and oversight and sanctions for noncompliance are not clearly established.

This institution made a new or revised policy submission to the AMSA PharmFree Scorecard in 2009. Their status is In Process. Their grade improves provisionally from a D to a C.

This institution has not consented to allow their policy to be publicly posted or quoted for illustrative purposes.

A provisional C. This comes after the school spent a year researching and writing new conflict of interest recommendations. Hmmmm.

But we're in no hurry around here... Why not?

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