AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
City: Dallas State: TX

Summary: With the exception of a weak samples policy, the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine has reduced the harmful impact of industry marketing efforts on its staff and students. Medical student education includes a lecture concerning pharmaceutical companies, their relationships with doctors and an overview of research and development. 

Demographics: The primary sites of student training are UT Southwestern, Zale Lipshy University Hospital, St Paul University Hospital, Children's Medical Center, and Parkland Memorial Hospital. Submitted policies apply to all faculty and trainees 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: 12/15/2010

Gifts & Meals 2 The Medical School gifts policy sets a $50 per year limit on personal gifts from those who are promoting products for sale. While this leaves room for those gifts that are considered professional and educational products, the policy clearly states that meals and services are considered personal gifts.
Consulting relationships 3 The medical school requires pre-approval of any outside consulting arrangements by faculty.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 Medical school faculty may only deliver presentations at meetings and conferences that are directly or indirectly industry-sponsored if the activity adheres to all ACCME guidelines.
Disclosure 2 Annual disclosure of all actual and potential conflicts of interest to the University's Conflict of Interest Office is required.
Pharmaceutical samples 1 The only restriction the medical school places on samples is that they not be used by physicians for themselves or their family members.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 This policy seems to prevent individuals from participating in decisions concerning outside entities with which they have a financial conflict of interest.

"Individuals must disclose their actual and potential conflicts of interest related to any institutional deliberations and generally may not participate in deliberations in which he or she has an actual or potential conflict of interest."
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Vendors must have an appointment in order to meet with faculty or staff and meetings are limited to non-patient areas.  In addition, vendors are explicitly forbidden from contacting trainees without going through the training director and receiving approval of any educational materials for distribution.
On-campus Education 2 The Medical School requires that all on-site educational activities adhere to ACCME guidelines.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 Conference and meeting participants may not accept any subsidies or compensation for attendance. Travel support is not specifically referenced, but is understood to be covered by the prohibition on “subsidies” or “compensation” for attendance.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 The Medical School permits industry funding and scholarships for trainees if the funds are provided to the department or program, the funded program or conference has educational merit, and the medical school program or department selects the recipient.
Medical school curriculum 2 While the enclosed outline for an applicable lecture addresses pharmaceutical marketing methods, it does not contain a thorough discussion on the influence pharmaceutical industry marketing can have on physicians.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Oversight is established in the disclosure and consulting portions of the policy.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? No Sanctions only listed in research section, and are not considered applicable to assessed domains.
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)