AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B University of Utah School of Medicine
City: Salt Lake City State: UT

Summary: University of Utah School of Medicine submits a policy with excellent gifts and consulting sections, but without a clear and concise disclosure section. Small changes such as addressing industry payment for travel or industry control of funding for on-site education would help strengthen this already well designed policy.

Demographics: The three primary sites of student training are University of Utah Hospital, Salt Lake City VA Hospital, and Primary Children’s Hospital. Submitted policies apply all locations, adjunct faculty at these locations, and students.

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: 12/10/2010.

Gifts & Meals 3 The policy clearly bans all gifts and defines meals as a gift.
Consulting relationships 3 The policy requires all consulting relationships to be described in a formal contract and reviewed at least at the department level prior to beginning.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 The policy bans participation in marketing but allows for participation in industry funded educational speaking engagement, as long as there is prior approval at the departmental level.
Disclosure 1 The policy requires annual disclosures of financial interests for faculty.  "Employees at the manager level or above" and "members on committees that make decisions to purchase."
Pharmaceutical samples 2 Samples are banned except for limited items as designated by the Purchasing and Formularies committee, and must have approval from the department chair prior to dispensing.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 The policy requires "employees have a financial interest in an entity to refrain from participation in any medical center hospitals and clinics purchasing decisions relating to that entity."
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Vendors are only allowed on campus by appointment.
On-campus Education 2 Policy mandates that all funds be given at the institutional level, but does not clearly state that funds are independent of industry control.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 2 The policy prohibits the acceptance of payment for attendance at off-site educational events, but is silent on the issue of travel reimbursement.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 The policy clearly states that "industry will not have any input in selection of students/trainees" for scholarships/trainee fund.
Medical school curriculum 1 No curriculum supplied.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes The policy designates the Dean of Medicine as the party responsible for oversight.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes The policy states that there will be sanctions for non-compliance.
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)