AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
A University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
City: Vermillion State: SD

Summary: University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine has a model, concise policy. Consulting relationships require formal contracts. Faculty members are required to disclose financial conflicts of interest to their patients. Also, funding from industry is utilized independent of industry control. One domain which could be improved is gifts and meals which are currently discouraged but not prohibited.

Demographics: On average students spend 35% of their clinical training at Sanford Hospitals and USD Medical Center, 35% at Avera McKennan Hospital and University Medical Center, 15% at Rapid City Regional Hospital, and 15% at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital. Submitted policies apply to all sites.


This institution did not submit any new or additional policies for the 2012-13 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard.

This institution's evaluation was last updated: 12/09/2010

This institution has not consented to allow the public posting of their policies.

Gifts & Meals 1 Gifts and on-site meals are discouraged, regardless of nature or value.
Consulting relationships 3 Consulting relationships must be agreed upon in a formal contract and reported to the institution.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 The policy does not prevent long-term relationships other than requiring that they be reported.
Disclosure 3 Faculty are required to disclose financial conflicts of interest to  patients when such relationship is relevant to patient care.
Pharmaceutical samples 3 Samples may only be provided for evaluation/education purposes.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 Committee members with financial conflicts of interest are to be excluded from serving on procurement/formulary committees, particularly in decision making involving companies with whom they have relationships.
Industry Sales Representatives 3 Industry representatives can not market their products anywhere in the medical center and associated clinics and offices, nor are they permitted to consult with faculty on a professional basis, except for device/equipment training.
On-campus Education 3 Industry contributions are made to a central fund.  Disbursement of funds is independent of industry control.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 Faculty are not permitted to receive any financial support, payment or gifts from industry for attending an off-site activity.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 Industry can not earmark recipients of funds.
Medical school curriculum 3 A provided outline for an Ethics Discussion raises important questions and issues around the pharmaceutical industry's influence on the medical profession.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Department chairs are responsible for compliance.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? No No sanctions identified.
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)