AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
A University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
City: Madison State: WI

Summary: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has a good policy that ensures scholarship funds are unrestricted. Funds for CME events are accepted through a general education enhancement fund, and Purchasing and Formulary committee members disclose conflicts of interest annually. These committee members are not permitted to vote on matters where a conflict exists. However, samples are accepted by this institution. Sanctions and oversight are stated.

Demographics: On average students spend 50% of their time at University of Wisconsin Hospital, 20% at Middleton Veteran's Administration Hospital, and 10% at University of Wisconsin Clinics. Submitted policies apply to all institutions.

Updates: This institution submitted new policies to the 2012-3 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard.  While the domain for samples improved with this submission, their grade remains a B.


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 3 Gifts are permissible so long as they are beneficial to patients and/or educational in nature. Meals are allowed for educational events through unrestricted funds.
Consulting relationships 2 Though prior approval is not required consulting relationships must be reported to the within 1 month of completion. A written contract and fair market compensation is required.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 The policy clearly prohibits participation in speakers bureaus but permits, with prior approval by a specified committee, eduactional speaking. Though the policy does not explicitly state that presentation content should be independent of industry control, this may be implied as prior approval is required. The question of a balanced presentation is highlighted as a criterion to be examined.
Disclosure 3 Patient disclosure through central database containing all relationships with industry.
Pharmaceutical samples 3 All samples are prohibited except for specially-approved samples for over-the-counter medications.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 Committee members are required to disclose potential conflict of interest annually and as they arise. They are not permitted to vote in the event that there is a specific conflict.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry representatives are required to register before they can gain access to the premises. They can only meet with physicians in their offices by appointment.
On-campus Education 2 In order to avoid influence of industry over educational content, industry support for educational events must be to a general educational enhancement fund.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 (Attendance by faculty is discretionary though no renumeration is permitted for attendance.) Institutiton should have scored 2 based on redacted policy but not scored in 2011.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 Industry may provide unrestricted funds in support of education. The administration of the respective health science schools is responsible for approval and selection of recipients.
Medical school curriculum 3 Curriculum material was provided and demonstrated more than adequate attention to issues of conflict of interest.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Departmental educational committees are responsible for the discussion, investigation and resolution of violations.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? No Sanctions are not clearly listed.
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)