AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
C Midwestern University (Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine)
City: Glendale and Chicago State: AZ and IL

Summary: This is Midwestern University's second submission to the AMSA PharmFree Scorecard but did not address prior concerns in the domains they had scored lower in with their earlier submission. The institution should be commended for scoring high in policies that were submitted prohibiting acceptance of gifts, samples, and participation in speaker’s bureaus. The gift policy prohibits gifts greater than $15 from patients and bans all gifts from industry. They should specifically be lauded for banning speaker’s bureaus.  Broadening their disclosure policy to include all employees would be a logical extension of this policy. The implementation of policies regarding on and off-site education, as well as the provision of substantial curricular materials would result in this being a model policy.

Demographics: Midwestern University does not own any hospitals at which students train; they do own a multi-specialty clinic on the Glendale, Arizona campus which provides a small portion of the overall number of rotations for students. Policies provided apply to students and faculty but it is unclear if these policies only apply at the aforementioned clinic.

Updates: Midwestern submitted updated policies for the 2012-3 Scorecard. Their grade remains a C.


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 Gifts, including meals, are prohibited. Gifts from patients cannot exceed $15. Cash or gift cards are prohibited.
Consulting relationships 2 Relationships require pre-approval.  However, no contract; no commensurate
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 Participation in speakers bureaus is prohibited
Disclosure 1 Disclosure is required annually only for certain employees. 
Pharmaceutical samples 2 Sample policy to have a ban on samples, but it is unclear if there is a universal ban or if there are exceptions.  Clarification of this would increase their score in this domain. 
Purchasing & Formularies 1 No Policy available. 
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry representatives are allowed access to the premises but by appointment only
On-campus Education 1 No policy available
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 1 No policy available
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 Selection of recipients is the responsibility of the department without input from industry
Medical school curriculum 1 No curricular material provided.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Oversight is outlined. 
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Sanctions are provided.
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)