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A PharmFree Scorecard for med schools

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Do gifts from pharmaceutical companies, including meals, influence physicians’ decisions about what medications to prescribe? What about an expenses-paid trip to a conference or unregulated drug samples? The American Medical Student Association website notes that “Medical personnel consistently underestimate the extent to which they personally are influenced.”

So starting in 2007, AMSA decided to rank medical schools’ policies on managing conflicts of interest, the “PharmFree Scorecard.”

The report identifies how institutions regulate behaviors such as accepting gifts, pharmaceutical samples and compensation for off-site conferences.

Schools that received “A’s” include:
•    University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
•    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
•    Mayo Medical School—College of Medicine
•    University of Iowa Health Care
•    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
•    Emory University School of Medicine
•    Miller School of Medicine
•    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
•    University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
•    Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
•    University of California Davis School of Medicine
•    University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
•    University of California Los Angeles—David Geffen School of Medicine
•    Tufts University School of Medicine
•    Stanford University School of Medicine
•    Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
•    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
•    Georgetown University School of Medicine
•    University of Maryland School of Medicine

How does your med school stack up? See the full list here.

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