|Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine|
|City: College Station||State: TX|
Summary: For the 2012-3 evaluation, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine submitted updated policies. Model policies are enacted in areas related to gifts, with the prohibition of all gifts and on-site meals. Model policies exist for both on-site and off-site education and industry-sponsored scholarships, which require no involvement from industry in the selection of the scholarship recipient. Yet, the institution could improve by mandating formal contracts, along with institutional review or pre-approval for consulting relationships and requiring purchasing committee members to not only disclose their financial conflicts of interest, but to also recuse themselves from all decisions regarding a company of interest. The policy also now mandates public disclosure upon request. Overall, this institution is moving in the right direction, with oversight and clear sanctions for noncompliance.
Demographics: On average students spend 45% of their training at Scott & White Memorial Hospital, 15% at St. Joseph Healthcare , 10% at The Carl R. Darnall Army Hospital, 10% at St. David’s Hospital, and 20% at Seton and Dell Children’s and Driscoll Children’s Hospital. Polices were submitted all of these sites except for the children’s hospitals.
Updates: This institution submitted updated policies to the 2012-3 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard, their score remains a B.
This institution's evaluation was last updated: 4/9/2013.
|Gifts & Meals||The policy prohibits gifts and on-site meals.|
|Consulting relationships||The policy requires institutional pre-approval of consulting relationships.|
|Industry-funded speaking relationships||The policy requires pre-approval of participation in "speaker's bureaus" and compensation at fair market value.|
|Disclosure||All personnel are required to disclose conflicts of interest on an annual basis. Policy requires disclosure to public upon request|
|Pharmaceutical samples||The policy clearly states that samples may not be received or delivered to hospitals and are limited to a non-patient-care area in medical office buildings and outlying clinics.|
|Purchasing & Formularies||Committee members are required to disclose their financial conflicts of interest for institutional review and approval.|
|Industry Sales Representatives||Industry representatives are permitted site access only by invitation and appointment.|
|On-campus Education||The central fund for all contributions is the Corporate Division of the Development Office and the donor industry will have no involvement in the distribution of funds.|
|Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus||The policy explicitly prohibits the receipt of payment for attendance at off-site lectures and payment for travel expenses requires institutional pre-approval.
|Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees||The policy mandates no involvement from the donor industry in the distribution of funds.|
|Medical school curriculum||The institution's curriculum promotes an understanding of financial conflicts of interest, drug and device development
|Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism?||Oversight is directed.|
|Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance?||Sanctions referenced.|
|Good progress toward model policy|
|No policy, or policy unlikely to have a substantial effect on behavior|
|Did not report|
|Policy not relevant to this institution (e.g., does not make purchasing decisions)|