Getting Your School PharmFree

It is not often that students have the opportunity to initiate such large policy reform in their schools and medical centers. Due to recent research, media attention, and discussion within academic medicine, the issues of conflicts of interest and the proper role of industry in medicine has reached a tipping point. At many schools, leadership will only need a little push from students to set major reform in motion.

The 2010 AMSA Scorecard, the 4th edition of the Scorecard, has helped fuel this movement, as well as new guidelines issued by the AAMC in July of 2008 which conform to a large degree with AMSA's positions on best practice policy.

AMSA and the Prescription Project, a health policy advocacy group, have combined forces to provide the most comprehensive resources for students seeking policy change. Click here for more information on the Prescription Project and their toolkits.


How do we get our school to adopt a PharmFree policy?

In our experience, getting buy-in from leadership at your medical school is critical. Reaching your Dean or Associate Dean and getting their support is a required first step.

Our Step-by-Step guide sets out a plan and contains key templates and resources that will help you arrange and prepare for a meeting with your Dean.



How can I and other students be advocates at our school?

Making demands of leadership can seem like a daunting and intimidating task; but remember: the policy world is a human place, filled by imperfect human beings, deans of medical schools included. You have the right to voice your opinion to your school leadership, and your dean has an interest in your satisfaction.

Some deans (rightly) welcome and praise student activism. But at base, all leadership has an undeniable interest in maintaining a good reputation, both for themselves and for the school.

Our Advocacy Primer will guide you through the key concepts that form a successful advocacy campaign.



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