AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2014

About the AMSA Scorecard

Background

For the past decade, there has been a growing chorus of voices comprised of citizens, politicians and healthcare leaders calling for attention to the conflicts of interest between physicians and the drug and device industry. These conflicts of interests have led to an erosion of trust that is the foundation of the doctor-patient relationship.  Medical schools and academic medical centers have played a powerful leadership role in setting new standards for the profession, supported by strong guidelines set by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in the summer of 2008 and the Institute of Medicine in spring of 2009.

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) released the first Scorecard in 2007. This initial Scorecard graded medical schools on the presence or absence of a policy regulating the interactions between their students and faculty and the pharmaceutical and device industries. In 2008, AMSA worked with The Pew Prescription Project, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, to develop an updated Scorecard, which used a more rigorous and transparent methodology to assess the content of policies at medical schools throughout the country.  This successful framework is continued in the 2014 AMSA Scorecard. The 2014 AMSA Scorecard, however, reflects changes to the scoring methodology that better assess the nuances of medical center and industry relationships. Based on feedback from various stakeholders including practicing clinicians, medical educators, trainees, and policy analysts, and the recommendations from an Expert Task Force of medical school deans and compliance officers, AMSA decided to revise the scorecard and include new domains to further the standards of COI policies.

AMSA established the Just Medicine, formerly PharmFree Campaign, in 2002 and this campaign continues to advocate for: evidence-based rather than marketing-based prescribing practices, global access to essential medicines, and the removal of conflicts of interest in medicine. AMSA provides toolkits, educational materials, and training institutes to help medical students advance towards these goals. For these and numerous other resources, please visit the Just Medicine website.

Contact Information and Suggested Citation

Contact: jmf@amsa.org

Press: pr@amsa.org

Suggested Citation: AMSA PharmFree Scorecard 2014. <<Title of Web Page>> (online), <<URL of Specific Web Page>>, Reston, VA:  American Medical Student Association <<Date Accessed>>.

AMSA Scorecard Staff, Scorecard Advisors and Past Leadership

Shantrice Appleby, 2014 Summer Just Medicine Fellow
American Medical Student Association 

Teddy Fagrelius, 2013-2014 Just Medicine Fellow
American Medical Student Association 

Reshma Ramachandran, 2012-2013 PharmFree Fellow and Steering Committee Chair
American Medical Student Association   

Brigitte Frett, 2012-2013 Scorecard Director 
American Medical Student Association  

Lee Shapley, 2011-2012 Scorecard Director
American Medical Student Association 

Tim Anderson, 2010-2011 Scorecard Director
American Medical Student Association 

Jack Rusley, 2009-2010 Scorecard Director
American Medical Student Association

Branden Pfefferkorn, 2009 Scorecard Director
American Medical Student Association

Gabriel Silverman, Co-Creator*, Advisor and 2008 Scorecard Director
American Medical Student Association 

Allan Coukell, Co-Creator*, Advisor
The Pew Prescription Project

Daniel Carlat, Advisor 
The Pew Prescription Project

Sallyann Bergh, Advisor
The Pew Prescription Project

Abigail Shapiro, 2014 Scorecard Analyst

*The AMSA Scorecard is indebted to Jay Bhatt, Davekumar Chandrasekaran, Bich-May Nguyen, Lainie Ori, and Justin Sanders, whose hard work and creativity produced the first AMSA PharmFree Scorecard in 2007.  The creation of the Scorecard in its current form would not have been possible without the tireless dedication of Paige Clark, AMSA Director of Student Programming 2007-2008, and Rebecca Sadun, AMSA Director of Student Programming 2008-2009.

The Scorecard owes a heavy debt to Shari Wilkerson, for Scorecard Manager, whose hard work made both the 2010 and 2011-12 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard possible.

We thank Anthony Fleg, National PharmFree Chair 2007-2008, Nitin Roper, National PharmFree Chair 2008-2009, Gabriel Palley, National PharmFree Chair 2009-2010, Chris Manz, National PharmFree Chair 2010-2011, as well as all AMSA members who have helped advance conflict-of-interest policies at their academic medical centers. We also acknowledge the Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP), which publishes an excellent database of conflict of interest policies, and we particularly thank IMAP's Susan Chimonas, who generously shared her expertise as we were developing the revised Scorecard.