AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B University of Vermont College of Medicine
City: Burlington State: VT

Summary: University of Vermont College of Medicine has a mixed policy. It clearly prohibits all gifts and meals from vendors.  Consultant work and speaking engagements are fairly well managed.  However, disclosure of financial interest should be written to be inclusive of all employees.  Purchasing/formulary committee members are required to disclose their financial conflict of interest, but not required to recuse themselves. The university lacks a formal curriculum on conflict of interest.  Finally, no written sanctions are described in this policy. 

Demographics: On average students spend 65% of their time at Fletcher Allen Health Care, 20% of their time at Danbury Hospital and 10% of their time at Eastern Maine Medical Center. Submitted policies apply to all faculty and students at the College of Medicine regardless of clinical site.

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: 2/12/2012

Gifts & Meals 3 The policy clearly prohibits all gifts and meals from vendors.
Consulting relationships 3 Consultant relationships are permitted and require a formal contract.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 3 The major affiliate hospital's policy prohibits participation in speakers' bureaus which function as a marketing apparatus and further requires that all presentation content be determined by the speaker.
Disclosure 1 Disclosure of financial interest is limited to employees engaged in scholarly presentations, supervisory relationships, purchasing/formularies and educational activities.
Pharmaceutical samples 1 While this institution does generally address the issue of samples in a Q&A document, asserting that they are considering a policy, the primary training site's policies do not place any restrictions on the use of samples.
Purchasing & Formularies 2 Committee members are required to disclose their financial conflict of interest.  However, they are not required to rescuse themselves unless they have a significant financial conflict of interest.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry sales reps are permitted in patient care areas and non-patient care areas by appointment only.  They are only permitted by appointment in patient care areas to provide training on devices.
On-campus Education 2 "Educational grants that are compliant with the ACCME Standards may be received from Industry but must be administered by departments or divisions and not by individual faculty members."
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 The policy prohibits the receipt of payment at off-site lectures and meetings.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 "The College department, division or program selects the students or trainee."
Medical school curriculum 1 Policy or materials not provided
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Oversight is provided by the Office of the Dean of the College.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? No No system to enforce or actively oversee compliance with policies was provided.
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)