AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B New York Medical College
City: Valhalla State: NY

Summary: New York Medical College presents a good policy which bans most influential practices by industry.  While this policy does an excellent job of working to remove industry influence, the allowance of gifts that are "social amenities" and "business courtesies" and the unclear policy regarding non-CME speaking activities by faculty and staff have affected this policy's overall grade.


Demographics: On average students spend 40% of their time at Westchester Medical Center, 40% at Metropolitan Hospital Center, and 20% at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center. Submitted policies were drafted by New York Medical College, apply to all students and full time faculty employed by New York Medical College and are available for all clinical sites/ hospitals.


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


This institution has not granted permission for the posting of their policies on this website for illustrative purposes.

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

Gifts & Meals 2 The policy bans the acceptance of gifts except for those that are "social amenities" or "business courtesies" so long as they are consistent with "good taste and reasonable judgement". Gifts of cash or cash equivalents are prohibited explicitly. All on-site meals, except those in conjunction with accredited CMEs are banned.
Consulting relationships 3 The policy requires that all consulting relationships be disclosed, written in a formal contract and that payment be at fair market value for the services rendered. 
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 The policy places strong guidelines on payment for speaking at ACCME accredited events, but only briefly covers non-CME events but stating that personnel "should evaluate very carefully their own participation in programs...sponsored or run by industry."
Disclosure 2 Current policy requires annual disclosure of financial relationships internally.
Pharmaceutical samples 1 Policy does not allow for direct distribution of samples by clinicians.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 All personnel on Purchasing and Formulary Committees are required to disclose any financial relationship with industry and recuse themselves of any decisions involving the company with which they have a conflict of interest.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry sales representatives are required to only meet with personnel by appointment and in non-patient care areas, unless performing in-service training.
On-campus Education 2 The policy utilizes a central office for dispensing funds, but does not clearly state that all accepted funds are to be used independent of industry control.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 The policy clearly bans the acceptance of "payment for attendance at industry-sponsored meetings," and may not accept travel funds.  Travel and lodging are also listed as gifts, which are banned.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 The policy places the responsibility of selecting the recipient of a scholarship or trainee funds with the Dean of the respective school.
Medical school curriculum 1 The College provided no curriculum or statement on its curriculum.  
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Violations are to be reported to the Dean of the school or to the Institutional Compliance Officer.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes If the board or committee has reasonable cause to believe that a member has failed to disclose an actual or possible conflict of interest, then they will take disciplinary and corrective action.
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)