AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
A University of Washington School of Medicine
City: Seattle State: WA

Summary: University of Washington School of Medicine has a far-reaching set of policies to prevent and manage conflicts of interest.  It bans the acceptance of personal gifts and industry meals by faculty and accompanies this with a policy containing increased scrutiny of industry relationships.  In 2011, this institution submitted new curricular materials which clearly promote an understanding of conflicts of interest and the healthcare system.  The industry sales representative domain was also re-evaluated this year, per the request of the institution. The policy could be improved if it allowed for sanctions for all employees.  Overall, this institution has model policies.

Demographics: The major training sites for students are University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, and the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center. Submitted policies apply to all faculty members in all settings and locations they are in.

Updates: This year, this institution submitted policies for review in the 2012-3 PharmFree Scorecard.  Their grade remains an A.

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

Gifts & Meals 3 Covered persons may not accept and form of personal gift, including meals, from industry.
Consulting relationships 3 Covered persons must obtain prior approval to engage in consulting activities. Consulting agreements must also be set forth in writing.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 Speaking engagements must be consistent with the institution’s Outside Professional Work policy. The policy requires pre-approval for any compensated outside professional engagement.
Disclosure 3 This institution requires that all faculty, librarians, and other academic personnel submit an Annual Report of Outside Activities.  Disclosures will be made available on an internal website, and the information considered within the public domain.
Pharmaceutical samples 2 This institution notes the use of samples as a marketing tool in its pharmacy policy.  There is a formal process by which practitioners may request samples of specific medications and strict guidelines for the storage and administration of authorized samples.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 While the policy surrounding the procedure in which drugs and devices are selected has changed, the institution has maintained its policy regarding disclosure and recusal.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 The policy allows industry sales representatives to meet with faculty, but only by appointment or invitation.
On-campus Education 3 The institution requires adherence to ACCME guidelines for CME activities, whether or not CME credit is granted.  The policy also states that industry funded education be unrestricted with respect to content, topic and speaker.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 Faculty may not accept funds for attending or to defray expenses related to off-site education.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 The updated policy requires that all industry support for scholarships and trainee funds be directed to a central fund and thus not allowing industry to choose the recipient.
Medical school curriculum 3 The policy's curriculum promotes an understanding of financial conflicts of interest and health care decisions as it relates to phamaceutical marketing.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Department chairs and division heads will ensure compliance with policies.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes There are sanctions in place, but only for research personnel.
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)