Senate hearing: Industry support for medical education

Lots of locals at Thursday’s Senate hearing on health care industry support for continuing medical education (CME) for doctors.

Click here for the video.

From the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging web site.

Dr. Eric Campbell, Associate Professor at Harvard University, discussed the Institute of Medicine’s (IoM) recent study on conflict of interest in medical research, education, and practice.

Jack Rusley, a fourth year medical student (at Brown) and the Chair of the Culture of Medicine at the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) provided information on the AMSA Scorecard and its methodology for ranking medical schools’ policies on transparency in medical education, as well as his personal experience as a student advocate for reform.

 Dr. Thomas Stossel, Professor at Harvard University and Director of Translational Medicine at Brigham Women’s Hospital, offered testimony concerning the newly formed Association of Clinical Researchers and Educators (ACRE), which contends that restricting industry funding of education programs would be counterproductive and may ultimately harm both patients and the practice of medicine.

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