AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
A Georgetown University School of Medicine
City: Washington State: DC

Summary: Georgetown University School of Medicine’s policy is very strong overall. It requires that consulting agreements be approved in advance. Payments for such relationships must be of fair market value. Purchasing committee members are not permitted to have conflicts of interest. Both off- and on-campus education policies are strong.  The gift policy is strong as well, but meals are allowed for CME events.  Although this earns the grade of a "model" policy, ideally these would be banned as well.

Demographics: On average students spend 60% of their training at Georgetown University Hospital , 15% at Washington Hospital Center, 15% at Virginia Hospital Center, and 10% at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Policies were submitted for each institution.

Updates: Georgetown University School of Medicine submitted updated policies to the 2012-13 AMSA Scorecard. Their score remains an A.


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

Gifts & Meals 3 Gifts are prohibited, however meals can only be provided only as part of a CME event.  All other meals are banned on-site.
Consulting relationships 3 Faculty whose activities qualify as consulting must comply with policies regarding fair market value compensation of services and consulting engagements must be approved in advance.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 Participation in speakers bureaus is strongly discouraged except when there is opportunity for critical exchange of ideas or faculty is presenting results of industry sponsored studies.
Disclosure 3

Financial interests must be disclosed to patients when the physician has been involved in the research, development or marketing of the product.

The policy seems to address only scenarios of conflicts related to prescription of pharmaceuticals. The policy should be modified to accommodate devices and other kinds of conflicts that may arise.

Pharmaceutical samples 2 Samples may be distributed centrally but the institution may consider other options, which are not clearly outlined, if this is not feasible. Samples are only permitted in outpatient areas. Samples must be submitted to the hospital pharmacy and are not to be accepted directly by clinics.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 This policy requires that committee members with a conflict must disclose the conflict and recuse themselves from involvement in decisions relating to that company.  In addition, any staff whose expertise is needed in making purchasing decisions must disclose their relationships to the committee members.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Site access by pharmaceutical representatives is restricted to non-patient care areas and must be by appointment only.
On-campus Education 3 Industry funds and the receipt of funds for CME must be coordinated and overseen by the CME office. There is no mention of a central fund but the CME office serves are the central party responsible for oversight.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 Faculty, students, and staff are prohibited from accepting payment for attendance or travel support from industry  for off-site events.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 Funds are given to a central coordinating office that is responsible for distribution and allocation of funds, independent of industry control.
Medical school curriculum 3 Appropriate curricular material which adequately addresses the domain was provided.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Oversight is established.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Individuals may be subject to disciplinary action.
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)