AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
City: Chicago State: IL

Summary: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine provides a good set of policy documents requiring annual disclosure for all employees. Full disclosure by speakers is required at educational events. Industry representatives are only allowed access to the premises by appointment. There is a centrally-managed samples system and a ban on personal gifts and meals to physicians. 

Demographics: On average students spend 70% of their training at The University of Chicago Medical Center, 20% at NorthShore University HealthSystem, and 10% at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center. Submitted policies apply to all sites.

UpdatesThis institution did not submit any new or additional policies for the 2012-13 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard. This institution's evaluation was last updated: 2/27/2012

Gifts & Meals 3 This institution’s policy bans personal items, gifts, discounts and other items of value, including meals. The policy cites multiple examples of what is covered by the ban and clarifies that the policy applies regardless of site or circumstance.  The policy is strong and unequivocally presented.
Consulting relationships 3 Regulars reviews are conducted to determine that compensation for outside activities are reasonable.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 Speakers are required to disclose any links to pharmaceutical or commercial companies.
Disclosure 2 Disclosure is required for all staff annually.
Pharmaceutical samples 2 The institution centrally manages samples through its retail pharmacy and a voucher system. 
Purchasing & Formularies 2 Members of boards are precluded from voting on matters pertaining to services of companies such members receive compensation from.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 All industry representatives are required to register. Appointments are required to access the premises.
On-campus Education 2 Full disclosure of financial interests is required at educational events. Such events must comply with and exceed the requirements of the ACGME.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 Free travel is unacceptable.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 Funding for trainees and scholarships must follow the same protocol outlined in the on-site continuing education section.  Fund recipients may not be chosen by the sponsor.
Medical school curriculum 3 As part of the curriculum, residents learn how promotional activities can affect prescribing decisions.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Oversight by Department heads and Chief Compliance Officer.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Failure to disclose COI may result in termination.
What the results mean...
3Model policy
2Good progress toward model policy
1No policy, or policy unlikely to have a substantial effect on behavior
0Did not report
N/APolicy not relevant to this institution (e.g., does not make purchasing decisions)