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Conflict of Interest Policy Regarding Education and Clinical Care for Physicians and Surgeons Faculty

Introduction

As University Officers of instruction, research and/or administration, the faculty of the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S Faculty) have responsibilities for research, education, clinical service, administration and other professional duties. For students and trainees, P&S Faculty not only provide training but also serve as models of professional conduct. In carrying out all of their responsibilities, P&S Faculty are expected to uphold high standards of professional integrity. 

One aspect of professional integrity that is addressed in a variety of University and CUMC-wide policies is conflict of interest.  P&S Faculty are bound by these policies, which focus primarily on conflicts of interest with respect to research, intellectual property and administrative functions such as purchasing. 

The purpose of this P&S COI Policy is to reinforce some general principles set forth in University policies and to address in detail two areas particularly relevant to P&S: clinical care and medical education. These critical P&S activities must not be compromised by conflict of interest or even the appearance of conflict.  This stance is consistent with current standards set by the Association of American Medical Colleges (aamc.org, ref 1,2), the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (acgme.org) and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (accme.org), among others.

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