Partnership to Advance Conflict-free Medical Education

A joint project of the National Physicians Alliance, the American Medical Student Association, Community Catalyst, and the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Partnership to Advance Conflict-free Medical Education has worked to create both external and internal pressure for medical schools and academic medical centers to adopt strong new conflict-of-interest policies.  Together, we have:

• expanded and promoted the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Scorecard;

• provided medical schools and academic medical centers with technical assistance and tools to guide the development of new institutional policies and helped institutional leaders effectively evaluate the success and impact of their policies;

• created a national network of physicians and physicians-in-training who provide leadership within the profession in support of conflict-free medical education; and

• developed and disseminated new and existing resources, standards, curricula, and best practices for academic medical centers nationwide to promote reform efforts and tools.

Project Partners

American Medical Student Association
The American Medical Student Association (AMSA), with a half-century history of medical student activism, is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. Today, AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. AMSA members are medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians. Founded in 1950, AMSA continues its commitment to improving medical training and the nation’s health.  AMSA Scorecard.

Community Catalyst
Community Catalyst’s first priority is quality affordable health care for all. Since 1997, we have provided leadership and support to state and local consumer organizations, policymakers, and foundations working to change the health care system so it serves everyone – especially vulnerable members of society. Community Catalyst is a national non-profit advocacy organization working to build the consumer and community leadership that is required to transform the American health system.  We believe that this transformation will happen when consumers are fully engaged and have an organized voice.  Conflict of Interest Policy Guide for Medical Schools and Academic Medical Centers.

National Physicians Alliance
The National Physicians Alliance creates research and education programs that promote active engagement of physicians with their communities to achieve high quality, affordable health care for all. The NPA offers a home to physicians across medical specialties who share a commitment to professional integrity and health justice. Believing that the best way to win public trust is to earn it, the organization accepts no funding from pharmaceutical or medical device companies. The NPA is a 501(c)3 organization.

The Pew Charitable Trusts
The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life. Pew partners with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our commitment to fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.  Advancing Integrity in Medical Education.

Contact: Becky Martin, NPA Director of Project Management,

This partnership and related materials were made possible by a grant from the state Attorney General Consumer and Prescriber Education Grant Program which is funded by the multi-state settlement of consumer fraud claims regarding the marketing of the prescription drug Neurontin.

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