AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B Northeastern Ohio Medical University
City: Rootstown State: OH
Commentary:

Summary: Northeast Ohio Medical University (formerly Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine) provides an effective policy which prohibits all gifts and meals.  Scholarship/trainee fund recipients are selected by the institution. Several curricular materials are presented, in addition to oversight and clear sanctions. However, disclosure of financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry should expand to include all employees of the institution and a clear statement regarding industry sales representatives' interaction with the institution should be readily identified in the policy. Overall, this is a sound policy.

Demographics: The three primary sites of student training are Summa Health System Hospitals, Akron General Hospital and Children's Hospital of Akron. Submitted policies apply to all college of medicine employees and students whatever the setting.

Updates: This institution made a new policy submission to the AMSA PharmFree Scorecard in 2012-2013 but no domain scores changed.

This institution's evaluation was last updated: 4/9/2013



Gifts & Meals 3 The policy clearly prohibits all gifts, regardless of value as well as directly supplied meals from vendors.
Consulting relationships 3 The policy requires the disclosure of all consulting relationships and a formal contract for services rendered.  
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 The policy does not prohibit participation in speaker's bureaus but establishes limits on speaking relationships.
Disclosure 1 There is no clear statement on disclosure for all employees.
Pharmaceutical samples 2 Samples are prohibited from the institution, with the exception of requests from members in the clinical department.
Purchasing & Formularies 2 The individual's immediate supervisor is required to review the conflict of interest with the Department Chair.  If the conflict of interest is significant or cannot be managed appropriately in the opinion of the immediate supervisor or the Department Chair or the purchasing department, the individual must remove him/herself from the process.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry sales reps must obtain permission from a Dean to be on campus and must be escorted by a staff member.  This is commendable, however it is unclear where they are allowed to go and with whom they are allowed to meet, or if advanced appointments are required.
On-campus Education 2 Industry donations for on-campus CME, while allowed, are required to be put under the oversight of departments.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 The Associate Dean for Health Professions Education must approve the educational conference that is being attended to ensure that the conference is of substantial value to the trainee's education.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 The Associate Dean for Health Professions Educations selects the individual recipient of the funds. 
Medical school curriculum 3 Conflict of interest was clearly addressed in several curricular materials provided for our review. 
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes The policy clearly lists mechanisms for non-compliance.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Sanctions are clearly outlined in the policy.
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)