AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B University of Rochester Medical Center School of Medicine
City: Rochester State: NY
Commentary:

Summary: University of Rochester Medical Center School of Medicine submitted updates to their policy. The policy completely prohibits gifts and on-site meals and has a model policy for consulting, samples and off-site education.  In addition, oversight is designated and sanctions are clearly presented in the policy.  Improvements can be made in the following domains: speaking, disclosure, industry sales representatives and on-site education.  The policy does not prohibit participation in "speakers bureaus," public disclosure of conflicts of interest is not required and although industry sales representatives are allowed to meet with faculty only by appointment, they are allowed to meet with faculty in patient care and non-patient care areas.  Moreover, the on-site education score could increase if the policy clearly states that all contributions will be made to a central fund and that funds will be independent of industry control. 

Demographics:  On average students spend 60% of their training at Strong Memorial Hospital, 20% at
Highland Hospital, and 15% at Rochester General Hospital. Submitted policies apply to Strong and Highland hospitals only.

Updates: This institution submitted updated policies to the 2012-13 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard. No significant changes in the domains were noted and so, their grade remains a B.  

 

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



Gifts & Meals 3 The policy completely prohibits gifts and on-site meals.
Consulting relationships 2 The policy requires a written contract or memorandum of consulting relationships and states, "payments made under such arrangements must be fair market value and commensurate to the tasks performed."
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 The policy does not prohibit participation in "speaker's bureaus". Participation in "speaker's bureaus" is subject to consulting arrangements including a written contract or memorandum.
Disclosure 2 All personnel are required to annually disclose their financial conflicts of interests, including updated conflicts of interest, through the web-based Conflict of Interest reporting system.
Pharmaceutical samples 3 The policy prevents samples from being given directly to physicians and mandates an extensive approval process that would allow samples in a rare event.
Purchasing & Formularies 2 Committee members are required to disclose their financial conflicts of interest and must recuse themselves from the purchasing decision, "but may provide information to the committee or other entity evaluating the potential purchase."
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry sales representatives are allowed to meet with faculty in patient care and non-patient care areas, only by appointment.
On-campus Education 2 The policy cites adherence to ACCME standards for on-site educational events.  The score could be higher if the policy clearly states that all contributions will be made to a central fund, such as the UMC Office of CPE and that funds will be independent of industry control.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 The policy prohibits the receipt of payment for attendance at off-site events and prevents industry from selecting the recipients of travel support.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 The policy prevents industry from selecting the recipient of the funds.
Medical school curriculum 3 Detailed curricular materials provided.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes The institution's Compliance Office is the party responsible for general oversight.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes This policy references sanctions.
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)