Recognizing Conflict of Interest at Medical Schools: Reducing COI through Curriculum Development

This lecture series highlights advocacy and policy experts who provide technical assistance and leadership development for physicians, residents, and medical students interested in conflict-of-interest reform efforts.
This lecture was recorded on June 17, 2014.
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Recognizing Conflict of Interest at Medical Schools: Reducing COI through Curriculum Development

Teaching about conflict of interest can serve as a portal into the wider domain of professionalism and health justice. Join the discussion on how best to teach physicians-in-training about COI and industry influences on clinical practice. Tools and resources including the Conflict-of-Interest Curriculum Toolkit developed by the Partnership to Advance Conflict-free Medical Education partners as a policy guide for medical schools and academic medical centers will also be discussed.

Featured Speaker:

Steve Smith, MD, MPH

Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

About our speaker:

Stephen R. Smith, MD, MPH, is professor emeritus of family medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He retired in 2007 as associate dean, a post he had held for 25 years. During his tenure as associate dean, Dr. Smith earned an international reputation for innovation in medical education. He was the architect of the competency-based curriculum at Brown that has been replicated at many medical schools around the world. Dr. Smith is a consultant to the Partnership to Advance Conflict-Free Medical Education. He also served as the principal investigator of the Good Stewardship project of the National Physicians Alliance funded by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, which has since grown into the Choosing Wisely campaign. He earned his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1972 and his master of public health degree from the University of Rochester in 1977.


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  • Are you working for change in your institution or community?
  • Do you have questions about how to make effective change?

Bring your questions on how to strengthen conflict-of-interest policies in your practice or institution to the second half of the call.


NPA’s Avoiding Conflict-of-Interest in Medicine Leadership Calls are offered bi-monthly as part of the Partnership to Advance Conflict-free Medical Education (PACME).

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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