Medical education and the pharmaceutical industry

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Interactions with industry begin early in medical training, and attitudes toward these interactions among students and trainees are permissive, which is not surprising given the "informal curriculum" received from peers and role models. Though the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education has recommended explicit policies on interactions between trainees and industry, past studies have shown that most schools and training programs do not have such policies. Given that acceptance of gifts from industry can create conflicts of interest, that promotional information may be biased, and that non-promotional sources of prescribing information are readily available, medical schools and training programs should develop and implement explicit policies restricting interactions between trainees and industry representatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-39
Number of pages8
JournalPerspectives in Biology and Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2007
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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