AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
C University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
City: Portland State: ME

Summary: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine presents excellent policies on gifts, consulting and disclosure. While the sample policy is currently lacking, the institution has recognized the potential issues that may occur due to sample use and has stated their intent to revise their policies by the summer of 2012.  

Demographics: 25% of the student population trains at Eastern Maine Medical Center, 20% at St. Michael's Hospital, and 12% at Maine General Medical Center, with the remainder at various sites within the New England Osteopathic Medical Education Network. Submitted policies apply to the institution faculty and students and the institution states hospitals within the New England Osteopathic Medical Education Network have parallel policies in place at each institution, however these policies were not provided.

Updates: This institution did not provide any new or additional for the 2012-13. AMSA PharmFree Scorecard. This institution's evaluation was last updated: 12/06/2010

Gifts & Meals 3 The policy clearly prohibits the acceptance of all gifts and meals.
Consulting relationships 3 The policy requires that all consulting relationships be approved in advance and that payment commensurate with the task.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 The policy limits compensation for speaking to a $2,500 honorarium, but does not prohibit participation in speaker's bureaus or prevent long-term speaking relationships.
Disclosure 3 The institution currently publishes all disclosures by faculty on a publicly accessible website.
Pharmaceutical samples 1 The current policy makes no meaningful attempt to restrict the use of samples but does recognize them as marketing tools and makes statements to reform the policy in 2011.
Purchasing & Formularies 1 No policy supplied.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 The policy mandates that all industry representatives must have an appointment.
On-campus Education 2 The policy clearly states that all CMEs, whether accredited or not, must adhere to ACCME or AOA standards.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 Payment for attendance and travel support to industry sponsored off-site educational events is clearly prohibited.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 The policy allows for industry funding of scholarships and trainee funds by effectively prevents industry from choosing the recipients.
Medical school curriculum 2 Curriculum discusses potential conflicts of interest due to industry involvment, but in a more limited way. In order to achieve a higher score a more detailed description of the current curriculum would be required.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? No No oversight 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)