AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
A Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami
City: Miami State: FL

Summary: Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami provides model policies. All outside activities by faculty are disclosed on a publicly accessible website.  Samples are prohibited, regardless of nature.  Industry representatives may only meet with faculty by appointment.  Responsibilities regarding compliance and appropriate course of action for violation of policies are outlined. A significant improvement in 2011-12, is the new ban on participation in speaker’s bureaus.  Curricular material has not been provided, but apparently is under development though student-led activity.

Demographics: On average students spend 75% of their training at Jackson Memorial Hospital, 15% at Veterans Hospital, and the remainder at University of Miami Hospital & Clinics. Submitted policies apply to all faculty members regardless of location.

UpdatesThis institution did not submit any new or additional policies for the 2012-13 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard. 


This institution's evaluation was last updated: 12/15/2010 

Gifts & Meals 2 Personal giftts are not permitted; items primarily for the benefit of patients may be accepted but never more than on an occasional basis.
Consulting relationships 3

Exemplary language. This policy requires a formal contract for all consulting relationships, including the nature of services to be rendered and the amount of compensation for those services, which must be reasonable. Importantly, all such arrangements must be approved by the department chair or the dean.

Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 Professionals are not permitted to participate in industry sponsored events or presentations that are primarily for promotion and marketing of products
Disclosure 3 All outside professional activities disclosed by faculty are available on a publicly accessible website.
Pharmaceutical samples 3 "No samples of drugs, medical devices, or any other product" are permitted.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 Members of purchasing committees with financial interests cannot participate in decision making.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry representatives can only interact with staff in patient-care areas, and by appointment only.
On-campus Education 2 Control over content, faculty, educational methods, materials, and venue are the responsibility of the institution.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 The School of Medicine uses model language to prohibit industry support for off-site educational events and conferences, banning industry support (for travel, lodging and other expenses for non-speakers) both directly to the individual and via the conference sponsor.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 This policy regulates industry support for scholarships and trainees without inhibiting the opportunity for general educational support. Selection of recipients must be by the institution, and all funds must be given to the department, not directly to individuals.
Medical school curriculum 1 No curriculum supplied, noted that medical center states that conflict of interest policy is taught by the ethics department.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Department chairs are responsible for enforcing policy.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Varied levels of sanctions were provided: Unintentional, Subsequent unintentional, and Additional intentional offenses.
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)