Developing policies on conflicts regarding financial interests held by US medical colleges, teaching hospitals and research institutions has proven a much thornier task than targeting conflicts among individual faculty members. Institutions "are struggling with determining how best to deal with these kinds of institutional conflicts," David Korn, point man on conflicts of interest at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), told __The Scientist__. "The uptake of those policies has proved much more difficult." More than half of US medical schools recently linkurl:surveyed;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54300/ had robust policies to manage potential conflicts among individual faculty members, while only about a third had adopted such policies for institutional conflicts. Why the disparity? According to Korn, who is the AAMC's chief scientific officer, the difference lies in the reporting sources for conflicts at each level. While institutions have mandated individual researchers or physicians to report potential conflicts for years, he said, the reporting and...
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