AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
C Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
City: East Lansing State: MI

Summary: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine provides a fairly good policy: gifts are prohibited; consulting relationships require approval; direct travel support for attending industry-sponsored events is prohibited. Additional policies provided this year increased their score in the Industry Sales Reps domain from a 1 to a 2. A requirement for time limits and/or contracts for industry-sponsored speaking engagements would be a logical next step forward to improve this policy.

Demographics: Students at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine are divided into different campuses. 35% spend time at Grand Rapids Campus: Spectrum Health, St. Mary's Health, 17% at Lansing Campus: Sparrow Health, 17% at Flint Campus: Hurley Health, McLaren Health and Gensys Health, 17% at Kalamazoo Campus: Bronson Health and Borgess Health, 6% at Traverse City Campus: Munson Health, 6% at Upper Peninsula Campus: Marquette Health and 2% at Midland Regional Campus: MidMichigan Health. The policies on faculty behavior apply to all faculty members at all sites. The policies on employee behavior apply in Lansing and “some sites” in Grand Rapids.

Updates: This institution supplied additional policies to the 2012-13 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard but it did not change any of the domain scores. Their grade remains a C.


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

Gifts & Meals 3 Personal gifts and food are not permissible however promotional items such as pens may be accepted.
Consulting relationships 2 Outside work for pay requires approval from administrator or dean.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 1 There are no specific limits to participating in speakers bureaus.
Disclosure 2 Faculty and staff are required to disclose financial interests annually.
Pharmaceutical samples 1 The policy provided is for the appropriate management of samples received but is in no way written to address likely conflicts that may arise.
Purchasing & Formularies N/A This institution does not operate a formulary.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Visits by industry representatives must be kept to a minimum and should be conducted in such a way as not to interfere with patient care.
On-campus Education 2 The provider decides on the disposition and disbursal of commercial support. All commercial support grants are approved by the Executive Director of the OCME.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 Direct receipt of honoraria or payment of travel expenses is prohibited. Honoraria amount is negotiated by the OCME.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 The selection of recipients is without industry influence.
Medical school curriculum 3 The curriculum covers potential issues with conflicts of interest in medicine in depth.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Oversight is referenced.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Sanctions are referenced.
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)