Conflict of Interest
University of Nevada School of Medicine is committed to maintaining a scholarly and educational environment that actively monitors and manages conflict of interest. In 2009, the School developed new policy and is working to create procedures for review and disclosure of Conflict of Interests.
University of Nevada School of Medicine
Conflict of Interest Policy
This policy applies to part-time and full-time faculty, residents, medical students and staff at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and the UNSOM Practice Plan. It is a supplement to the University of Nevada Reno policy found at: http://www.unr.edu/research/documents/conflict_interest.pdf
Everyone covered under this policy will be required to make a full disclosure of all industry affiliations. Such disclosures will be displayed on a publicly accessible website.
No industry representatives are permitted to market their products on University of Nevada School of Medicine grounds or clinics unless invited to do so by the department chair. Representatives may only meet with faculty by appointment in faculty offices. Faculty are not allowed to participate in industry marketing activities such as participation on a speakers bureau.
No gifts(1) (including food, office supplies, scholarships or non-CME training funds) from industry are permitted. Travel support must be disclosed and approved by the COI committee. Pharmaceutical samples are restricted to those required for patient education. Any exceptions must be approved by the UNSOM Compliance Officer. Industry supported meals are prohibited.
No restricted(2) funding of CME will be permitted. We will work towards a centralized CME account.
No ghost-written or ghost-analyzed scholarly products are permitted. Sponsors of research will have no editorial rights over manuscripts or abstracts. University researchers will track the sponsor’s use of clinical data and will include in all protocols the right to analyze and publish or publicize results of clinical research in the event that a sponsor does not publish them within two years of the conclusion of the study.
No industry produced teaching materials will be permitted for medical students or residents and instructors will share all teaching materials with educational coordinators.
All practice plan purchasing decisions will exclude individuals with potential industry conflicts.
All trainees will receive instruction on these institutional policies and how industry promotion can influence clinical judgment.
(1) All gifts regardless of value
(2) This indicates that industry may not direct or restrict the content or the speaker for CME activities
Some questions you may have.
1. Why do we have a new COI policy?
The standards for medical schools have changed regarding management of conflicts of interest. We are responding to these changes in standards and expectations. For the AAMC reports of changes policy in Academic Medicine, please see (http://www.aamc.org/research/coi/coiresults2003.pdf and https://services.aamc.org/publications/showfile.cfm?file=version114.pdf&prd_id=232&prv_id=281&pdf_id=114)
2. Does this mean I no longer need to follow the UNR COI policy?
No, UNSOM faculty must continue to follow the UNR policy (http://www.unr.edu/research/documents/conflict_interest.pdf) as well. Research-related conflicts of interest should be submitted to the UNR COI officer, Jacque Ewing-Taylor <email@example.com>
3. How do I request an exception to the policy?
You can complete an exception request that will be reviewed by all or part of the school's COI committee. This committee is advisory to the dean / VP. The Office of faculty Affairs and Development will be your contact point for the exception request process. Conflicts of interest that relate to research are sent to the UNR COI officer, Jacque Ewing-Taylor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
4. What if I have a potential COI that involves teaching?
You can ask the course coordinator/ training director to review your materials. If you wish to request an exception to the policy, you can complete and submit the exception request form.
5. How do I complete the required disclosures of industry affiliations?
We anticipate that this December or next January we will be able to add these faculty disclosures, as well as faculty acknowledgment of the policy, to a webcampus program similar to the webcampus UNR disclosure faculty completed earlier this year. We are in the "ramping-up" stage of policy implementation and do not plan to gather this information until the end of the year 2011 or early 2012.
6. What will happen to my disclosure information?
The Faculty Disclosures, which will be on website, will be publicly available, listing all reported industry affiliations in 2011.
7. Who will manage the implementation of the policy in the UNSOM practice plan sites?
The practice plan Chief Compliance Officer, will implement the policy in the clinical sites. Faculty will receive a notice when our new CCO comes on board. In the meantime, David Rencher is the acting compliance officer.
8. Are there other UNSOM policies that relate to COI?
There are medical student and resident COI policies as well. Please see ASA and GME websites.
9. Are industry sponsored lunch meals at resident education meetings excluded by this policy?
Industry sponsored lunch meals at resident education meetings are prohibited by this policy.
10. Does the policy apply to teaching materials used with patients?
No, the intent of the policy was to prohibit the use of industry materials in medical student, resident and continuing medical education.
11. Where do I call with questions?
Please call or email Melissa Piasecki, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development.
Melissa Piasecki, M.D.
Office of Faculty Affairs and Development
University of Nevada School of Medicine