Managing Conflicts of Interest in Education

Work in this area focuses on the development of a plan to educate medical students, residents and physicians about how to identify and manage conflicts of interest in the educational domain. The ABIM Foundation’s work in this area builds off a seminal article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, entitled Professional Medical Associations and Their Relationships With Industry on managing conflicts of interest that developed from an initiative it co-sponsored with the Institute on Medicine as a Profession.

Recent activities include the support for an April 2009 Institute of Medicine Report on conflicts of interest in education, practice and research, and a new initiative to build a framework for a conflicts of interest curriculum for medical students, residents and practicing physicians.

Brennan T, Rothman D, Blank L, Blumenthal D, Chimonas S, Cohen J, et al. Health Industry Practices that create Conflicts of Interest: A Proposal for Academic Medical Centers. JAMA.2006;295: 429-433.