Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 357–359

Brief report: Resident and faculty perceptions of conflict of interest in medical education


  • Peter Y. Watson
    • Department of Internal MedicineHenry Ford Hospital
  • Akshay K. Khandelwal
    • Department of Internal MedicineHenry Ford Hospital
  • Joseph L. Musial
    • Department of Internal MedicineHenry Ford Hospital
    • Department of Internal MedicineHenry Ford Hospital
Original Articles

DOI: 10.1111/j.1525-1497.2005.04075.x

Cite this article as:
Watson, P.Y., Khandelwal, A.K., Musial, J.L. et al. J GEN INTERN MED (2005) 20: 357. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1497.2005.04075.x


OBJECTIVE: To determine resident and faculty perceptions of the pharmaceutical industry’s influence on medical education.

DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Anonymous survey of categorical residents and faculty in the department of medicine at a large, Midwestern, urban, independent academic medical center.

MAIN RESULTS: Eighty-one residents (69.2%) and 196 faculty (75.7%) responded to the survey. Residents believed that a significantly higher percentage of primary care and subspecialist faculty receives industry income or gifts compared to faculty respondents. Many faculty, and to a significantly greater degree residents, indicated that income or gifts influence the teaching of both internal attending physicians and visiting faculty in a variety of educational settings. The majority of residents (61.7%) and faculty (62.2%) believed that annual income or gifts less than $10,000 could influence an attending physician’s teaching. Most residents (65.4%) and faculty (74%) preferred that lecturers report all financial relationships with industry regardless of which relationships the lecturer believes are relevant.

CONCLUSIONS: Most internal medicine residents and their faculty perceive that industry influences teaching in different educational settings, and want teachers to disclose all of their financial relationships with industry. This information may guide further development of policies and curricula addressing industry relationships within graduate medical education.

Key words

conflict of interestdisclosuremedical educationpharmaceutical industry
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