AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
D Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
City: East Lansing State: MI

Summary: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine has a strong gift ban policy in place, but otherwise their policies are lacking. They have increased their on-site education domain to an average policy with some new clarifications of intent, and they do have disclosure surrounding consulting arrangements. Simple changes they can, and should, make would be to take steps to improve their curriculum on COI to help educate their students, as well as make sure that any scholarships or funds directed at students are not under industry restrictions.

Demographics: As a community-based medical school, MSUCOM partners with 25 affiliated Michigan hospitals to deliver its clinical clerkship curriculum. The submitted policies apply to faculty, staff and students of Michigan State University. They do not apply to the external clinical institutions.

Updates: This institution submitted one new policy to the 2012-3 AMSA Scorecard.  After review, the institution's overall score remains unchanged as a D. 

This institution's evaluation was last updated: 4/9/2013.

Gifts & Meals 3 The policy clearly prohibits all gifts and on-site meals.
Consulting relationships 1 No policy submitted.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 1 The only limits placed on speaking arrangments is that all payment must be "reasonable" which is not a specific enough limit.
Disclosure 2 Disclosure of payments is required but not publicly or to patients.
Pharmaceutical samples 1 The policy places no meaningful restrictions on the distribution to physicians by industry representatives or to patients directly from physicians A higher score could be achieved by prohibiting direct distribution to physicians or by only distributing samples from a pharmacy.
Purchasing & Formularies N/A This institution does not operate a formulary.
Industry Sales Representatives 1 No policy submitted.
On-campus Education 1 "A written agreement is required between the commercial supporter(s) and the accredited sponsor(s), and must state that the purpose of the program is for continuing medical education and that control of the content, faculty, educational methods and materials is the responsibility of the accredited sponsor."
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 1 The policy clearly prohibits industry support for travel but does not specifically prohibit payment for attendance to off-site events.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 1 No policy submitted.
Medical school curriculum 1 The curriculum, while offering a wide range of information and discussion on ethical considerations in medicine, does not seem to cover conflicts of interest which may arise due to industry interaction.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Oversight is referenced
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Sanctions are referenced
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)