AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B Howard University College of Medicine
City: Washington State: DC

The institution provides good policies on gifts, CME and scholarship funds. Samples are permitted with approval from the Provider Compliance Committee. Faculty responsible for purchasing decisions who have financial COI are required to recuse themselves by the COI committee. The policy would be greatly improved if curriculum on conflict of interest and industry interactions was taught to medical students.



This institution did not submit any new or additional policies for the 2011-12 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard. This institution's evaluation was last updated: 5/29/2011



Gifts & Meals 3 Gifts of any value, except those received centrally at the Office of the Senior VP of Health Sciences and used for educational purposes, are prohibited.
Consulting relationships 1 Only legitimate reimbursement of travel expenses for approved consulting services are permissible. It is unclear whether pre-approval is required before commencing consulting relationships.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 Employees are strongly discouraged from participating in speakers bureaus. Presentation content must be free of industry control.
Disclosure 2 Annual disclosure is required for professionals and key personnel.
Pharmaceutical samples 2 Samples may be accepted with review of requests by the Provider Compliance Committee.
Purchasing & Formularies 2 The decision to recuse one's self from purchasing decisions is dependent on the COI committee.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry representatives may only access the AMC by invitation and in non-patient care areas except for training/repair purposes.
On-campus Education 2 Funds for CME are collected centrally at respective schools. CMEs are to be conducted according to ACCME guidelines.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 Travel support from industry is restricted except when offered as reimbursement for legitimate consulting services.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 The selection of recipients must be at the sole discretion of the AMC.
Medical school curriculum 1 Language used in the Medical Curriculum policy does not adequately address the domain questions.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Oversight is the responsiblity of the COI Committee, Chief Compliance Officer, and Provider Compliance Committee.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Violation of policy is subject to progressive discipline process.
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)