AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
A Mount Sinai School of Medicine
City: New York State: NY

Summary: Exemplary policies. Mt. Sinai has a model policy that prohibits gifts of any value.  Samples cannot be accepted by faculty or staff except when only adequate quantities are utilized for urgent medical situations or demonstration purposes.  Consulting relationships require supervisory approval and are restricted to 52 days per school year.  Relationships running longer than this require annual review.  Funds for CME are utilized independent of industry influence.

Demographics: The major clinical training sites are Mount Sinai Hospital, HHC Elmhurst Hospital Center, and the Bronx VA Hospital. Submitted policies apply to faculty paid all or in part by Mount Sinai School of Medicine regardless of the training site.

Updates: This institution did not submit any new or additional policies for the 2012-13 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard. 


This institution's evaluation was last updated: 12/15/2010

Gifts & Meals 3

All gifts and meals are prohibited.

Consulting relationships 3

Consulting relationships require a written description of time restrictions to be reviewed by the department chairman or senior vice president.  Faculty/staff in purchasing roles cannot have outside relations.

Industry-funded speaking relationships 3

Faculty and staff are encouraged to speak at CME events but require chair or supervisor approval for non-CME events.  Presentations should be devoid of product or company endorsement.  Use of own presentations is encouraged.

Disclosure 2

All faculty, staff and members of the Board of Trustees are required to report COI by submitting a disclosure form annually.  Patients are encouraged to inquire about COI with physicians.

Pharmaceutical samples 3

Physicians and staff may not accept pharmaceutical samples for any kind of use except in urgent medical cases or for demonstration purposes.  In such cases, only amounts needed should be dispensed.

Purchasing & Formularies 3

Committee members with conflicts of interest cannot participate in discussion and decisions regarding purchasing.  Annual disclosure is required for all faculty and staff serving on purchasing committees.

Industry Sales Representatives 2

Vendor visits to healthcare providers or researchers must be by appointment only.

On-campus Education 3

Contributions should be made to a school or hospital fund.  Use of such funds is independent of industry control.

Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3

Exemplary policy language: "Under no circumstances can a trainee by paid by a commercial sponsor to attend an educational event." 

Support for off-site education can be made through a departmental education fund.

Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3

"Vendor support can never be made directly to or earmarked specifically for an identified individual."

Medical school curriculum 3 The curriculum shows clear evidence of covering conflict of interest and pharmaceutical industry influence in a substantial way.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Dean of the School of Medicine, Chief Compliance Officer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and General Counsel have been identified.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Various sanctions have been cited in different policy documents.
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)