AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
A Tufts University School of Medicine
City: Boston State: MA

Summary: Tufts University School of Medicine has a very strong policy. Highlights include a ban on gifts and samples regardless of nature, and the allowance of meals only during CME events in accordance with ACCME standards. Disclosure is required for faculty and administrators on an annual basis, but this appears to only apply to "leaders" and not all faculty. No P&T committee member may have financial relationships with manufacturers. Payments may be received for participating in off-site CME activities with prior disclosure of industry financial support prior to commencement of activity but payment is prohibited for merely attending. Curriculum requires a 3 hours of training on Conflict of Interest for 1st year medical students.

Demographics: The three primary sites of student training are Tufts Medical Center, Baystate Medical Center, and Lahey Clinic. Submitted policies cover all of these institutions.

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: 12/06/2010

Gifts & Meals 3 Faculty and students are not permitted to accept gifts or hospitality from IR regardless of nature. Meals may be accepted but only through CME activities which comply with ACCME standards.
Consulting relationships 2 Consulting relationships has requires prior approval and all tasks and deliverables must be defined in a contract before commencement of relationship.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 Faculty may only participate in speaking engagements provided content of presentations is not controlled by industry.
Disclosure 1 Though the Executive Summary states that all faculty and administrators are required to disclose financial relationships, details of the policy more specifically indicates administrative leaders only, which leaves out other administrative staff
Pharmaceutical samples 3 Complimentary drug samples and medical devices are prohibited.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 P&T committee "consists of members with no financial relationship with manufacturers including consulting contracts, grants or any other arrangement resulting in gifts or compensation to the member."
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry representatives are only allowed in patient care areas for the sole purpose of training on equipment use, and by appointment. IR may meet with students but only for educational purposes and in the presence of faculty.
On-campus Education 2 Industry support for CME is handled by the Office of Continuing Education, which is responsible for approval and distribution.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 "Payment for attendance at industry-sponsored events is prohibited." "All CME programs must be available on equal terms to all interested practitioners, and may not be limited to attendees selected by industry sponsor(s)"
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 1 An Oversight committee is required to review and oversee all sponsorships exceeding $10,000.
Medical school curriculum 3 Curriculum requires that all 1st year students take a minimum of 3hrs of instruction on COI in Medicine.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes There is an Advisory Committee on Industry COI responsible for review and provision of guidance on COI policy.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Sanctions for noncompliance are described in this policy.
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)