AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
A University of Maryland School of Medicine
City: Baltimore State: MD

This institution has several strong policies, including the policies on gifts, speaking, off-site education and scholarships. There are also now clear sanctions if a faculty member or student is found to violate the COI policy. Strengthening the areas of CME, oversight and curriculum would make this an excellent policy.

Updates: This institution indicated that there are new policies in the process of being revised, but they were not supplied to us at the time of the release of the 2011-12 Scorecard. Their grade remains an A.


This institution's evaluation was last updated: 6/16/2009

Gifts & Meals 3 Faculty and students are not permitted to accept any gift from industry, which includes meals brought or purchased by representatives.
Consulting relationships 2 Faculty are required to have all outside professional activities pre-approved.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 3 This institution has an exemplary speaking policy, explicitly banning faculty from participating in both 'speaker's bureaus' and conferences with industry controlling content.
Disclosure 2 Faculty are required to internally disclose outside professional activities. In addition, state law mandates faculty publicly file with the State Ethics Commission the details of sponsored research relationships.
Pharmaceutical samples N/A This institution does not distribute pharamceutical samples.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 Members of P&T committees may not have financial relationships with manufacturers or vendors.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry representatives are only permitted to meet with faculty by appointment, in non-patient care areas.
On-campus Education 2 Regulation of industry-sponsorship of CME activities is in accordance with ACCME policies.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 "Faculty must not accept gifts of travel funds from industry merely to participate in or attend medical education conferences"
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 All scholarships and funds must be received by the school’s foundation and are then disbursed solely at the direction of the school.
Medical school curriculum 1 No curricular materials were provided.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? No Although certain parts of the overall policy had oversight laid out, there was no party responsible for general oversight.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Disciplinary action is determined by the School of Medicine Judicial Board. Disciplinary action includes reprimand, probation, disapproval, suspension, and dismissal.
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)