AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
A Albert Einstein College of Medicine
City: New York State: NY
Commentary:

Summary: Albert Einstein College of Medicine has exemplary policies. Gifts are prohibited with the exception of perishable gifts, allowed only during the holiday season. Outside employment requires approval. Samples are also prohibited. Participation in speaker’s bureaus is now prohibited, which is a major change from previous submissions. Excellent policies regarding restriction of industry influence over scholarship funding, and an excellent curriculum on conflict of interest was provided. Oversight and sanctions are provided. Disclosure only begins at $5,000.

Demographics: On average students spend 50% of their training at Montefiore Medical Center, 20% at North Bronx Health Network, and 15% at Beth Israel Medical Center. Submitted policies include college policies which apply to all faculty and additional hospital specific policies.

UpdatesThis institution did not submit any new or additional policies for the 2012-13 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard. This institution's evaluation was last updated: 02/25/2012



Gifts & Meals 3 Gifts and gift certificates are not permitted. Grants for educational activities may be used to pay for meals. Perishable gifts may be accepted during holiday season.
Consulting relationships 2 Outisde activities require director approval.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 3 Prior approval is required before engaging in speaking activities. Participation in speakers bureaus is prohibited.
Disclosure 2 All covered persons must disclose significant financial interest (> $5,000) annually.
Pharmaceutical samples 3 Samples are not permitted, except on rare occasions when approved by program director.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 Members of purchasing committees cannot have financial conflicts of interest.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Appointments must be made to see attending physicians.
On-campus Education 3 Educational grants must be voluntary. Contributions are made to a special fund which is acknowledged by the Chair.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 The policy states that "No expenses for travel or attendance at lectures of conferences of any type may be provided"
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 Travel funds are permissible but recipients are selected by the department.
Medical school curriculum 3 Adequate curricular materials were provided
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes The Conflict of Interest Committee is responsible for oversight.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Sanctions for noncompliance are noted.
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)