CME in the News and on the Blogs January 23rd, 2010

January 24, 2010 at 5:59 pm Leave a comment

CME in the News and on the Blogs

Doctor quits Brigham to speak for pay.

Partners has strict rules on drug-firm honoraria

Boston.com, January 23, 2010

I know I said I wasn’t going to post any more news items on the whole issue of industry involvement in CME. But this one is a bit different than any I have seen to date. Here is a doc  who is giving up his academic position in part, we have to assume to continue speaking in and industry supported  educational activities and serving as a consultant for industry. With no comment from the physician we are not sure why he is making this decision. Some will surely say it is for the money and leave it at that.. And perhaps it is. But it could also be a protest against the restrictive policies of his university against these types of relationships. We don’t know.

Anyway, if you are interested in reading more go here.

NOTE: Here is one for you. It is a bit off our CME focus but it shows that medicine is not the only profession  universities are looking at with regard to conflicts of interest.

University of Maryland  Professor reprimanded for apparent conflict of interest.

Baltimore Sun, January 23, 2010

“A professor at the University of Maryland, College Park is facing conflict-of- interest questions after he used university letterhead to deliver a legal opinion in his role as a consultant to a labor union.

Fred Feinstein, an adjunct professor at the School of Public Policy, wrote a letter saying that California health care employees could jeopardize their contract benefits if they left Service Employees International for a competing union. Feinstein received $240,000 in consulting fees from SEIU in 2007 and 2008, which he did not mention in the Jan. 12 letter that was distributed as a flier in the continuing union battle.”

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Entry filed under: CME Issues, CME People, Pharma Funding.

Conjoint Committee on CME (CCCME) Strategic Objective #1 for 2010 ACCME Call For Comment – Knowledge Based CME

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