AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
City: Springfield State: IL

Summary: On the whole, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has comprehensive and strong policies. Highlights include the Ethics Hotline available for reporting, a detailed list of ways to carefully resolve conflicts of interest, an Industry Representative evaluation form for physicians to fill out after meetings, and a complete ban on gifts and meals. This institution could improve its evaluation by the outright banning speaker’s bureaus or implementing public disclosure.

Demographics: On average students spend 30% of their time at SIU outpatient clinics, 20% at Memorial Medical Center, and 15% at St. John’s Hospital. Submitted policies apply to all sites where medical education occurs.

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: 01/16/2011

Gifts & Meals 3 The policy clearly prohibits the accepance of gifts or food.
Consulting relationships 3 The policy requires all faculty to receive prior approval for any consulting relatonship before being the relationship and requires all payment to be at fair market value.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 While the policy does not explicity prohibit participation in speakers bureaus it does require prior review and approval for all participation in industry sponsored programs.
Disclosure 2 All staff are required to disclose all outside financial interest at least annually.
Pharmaceutical samples 2 The policy heavily discourages samples, and seems to require permission for certain sample use, though the actual restrictions are unclear and vauge.
Purchasing & Formularies 2 All P&T committee members are required to disclose at least annually all outside financial interests.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry representatives may only meet with faculty by appointment or by invitation, and then may only meet in non-patient care areas. 
On-campus Education 2 This institution complies with ACCME standards. It does not further attempt to address bias in industry funded continuing education. 
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 The policy prohibits the acceptance of payment for attendance at off-site educational event and requires instiutional review and approval for all travel funding.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 Industry is removed from having any input on the choice of recipients for industry spnosored scholarships.
Medical school curriculum 3 Presented curriculum show a deep understanding of the effects of marketing on patient care and the health care system.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Oversight is clearly documented.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes It is clear that there will be sanctions for noncompliance with this school’s policies.
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)