AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
A University of Virginia School of Medicine
City: Charlottesville State: VA

Summary: University of Virginia School of Medicine presents a model policy for many of their domains. However, while the overall policy is exemplary, there is still some room for improvement. Annual disclosure of financial interest is required from persons covered under the policy, however they are not required to disclose income that is less than $10,000, including income from consulting relationships and ownership interest that does not exceed 3%. Moreover, the policy does not prevent physicians from dispensing samples, which could detrimentally lead to the use of samples as a marketing tool.

Demographics: On average students spend 80% of their training at University of Virginia Medical Center, 13% at Carilion Health System and 7% at Salem VA Medical Center. Submitted policies only apply to University of Virginia Medical Center.

Updates: The University of Virginia School of Medicine submitted additional policies for the 2012-3 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard, but only applies to research investigators and does not change the domain scores. 


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 The policy clearly bans all staff from accepting any meals and gifts.
Consulting relationships 3 The policy requires written approval from the department chair and the dean, in addition to the submission of a scope of work and draft contract.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 3 Speakers must control presentation materials and the presentation must have no influence from commercial entities.
Disclosure 2 The policy requires (via an internal, online reporting system) that personnel disclose their financial relationships with outside entities on annual basis.
Pharmaceutical samples 2 The policy does not prevent physicians from dispensing samples.  Periodic sample audits are conducted in outpatient clinics.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 Individuals who have a conflict of interest with a pharmaceutical company must recuse themselves from committee decisions involving that same company.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry sales representatives can only meet with faculty by prior appointment and after obtaining approval and required identification.
On-campus Education 2 The institution accepts only unrestricted gifts as sponsorship for educational programs and requires that all events conform to ACCME standards.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 The policy requires travel support be subject to advanced approval by the Chief of the area in which the covered person is employed.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 The appropriate Health System or University office provides review of industry funds for scholarships and trainings.
Medical school curriculum 3 Students receive education on conflicts of interest in the following courses: UME Training - Social Issues in Medicine - Pharmaceutical Industry; UME Training - Physicians' roles, conflicts of interest and the public's health
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes The policy mandates the Medical Center Corporate Compliance and Privacy Office for general oversight.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Sanctions referenced for noncompliance.
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)