Comprehensive conflict-of-interest policies: AMSA helps students advocate for, develop, and implement strong industry-relations policies at their academic medical centers. Our annual PharmFree Scorecard evaluates and grades the conflict-of-interest policies at every US medical school in a variety of domains. The Scorecard can be used as a policy database and comparative tool when drafting new policies. Learn more about an educational project idea here.
PharmFree Curricula: AMSA has developed a project to help schools integrate training on issues surrounding industry interaction (e.g., the psychology of influence, ethical and practical issues surrounding conflict of interest in medicine, the drug development process, how to critically evaluate industry claims) into their medical school and residency curricula. AMSA PharmFree Curriculum
2nd Slide Campaign: AMSA has developed a project to advocate for schools to develop clear guidelines for faculty disclosure to students. In the last lecture you attended did your teacher disclose relevant relationships with industry? It's standard practice in research conferances and continuing medical education to disclose conflicts of interest. This professional duty should be incorporated into medical schools. Learn more about the 2nd Slide Campaign here.
Legislative solutions: AMSA lobbies for legislation at the state and federal level that increases the transparency of industry relationships, reduces conflicts of interest, promotes evidence-based practice, and increases global access to essential medicines.
Global access: AMSA seeks to educate medical students on the the issue of access to medicines. Specifically, AMSA seeks to connect the market-driven practices of pharmaceutical companies to both domestic issues (conflicts of interest, marketing) and global issues (access to medicines, neglected disease research).
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