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Conflict of Interest Policy

The primary intent of this policy is to help faculty, staff, students, and trainees effectively report and address potential conflicts of interest and commitment in their professional activities. Once reported, the individual and the School and University can work together to enhance the beneficial outcomes of principled personal external professional relationships to the institution and the public and prevent even the appearance of undue influence that might harm the public, the institution, or the individual.

Policies that address relationships between all members of the Emory Community (faculty, students, and staff) and can be found in their entirety at the following web address:

Policies that directly affect medical students include the following:

Emory Students

  • May not accept gifts from industry, on or off the Emory campus (pens, pads, cash, food and drink, entertainment, books, software, etc).  Travel expenses are also considered a gift, and therefore prohibited.
  • May not accept donations of medications.
  • May be part of interactions between industry representatives and faculty that concern research being done by the faculty member and industry, as long as the meeting does not include sales, marketing, or promotion. 
  • Must not disclose information regarding clinical trials of medical devices or drugs to any outside entity.
  • Must not provide advice or training to industry regarding selling, marketing, or promoting of a company’s products.
  • May not receive remuneration for listening to sales talks or attending industry sponsored education and training.
  • Must cooperate with inquiries from Emory administrative offices regarding compliance with these policies.
  • Submit proposals for personal, external professional relationships with industry and other entities to the Dean for review and approval prior to engaging or receiving compensation for the activities.

Additional regulations in this policy include:

  • Commercial Exhibits are prohibited in School of Medicine Buildings.
  • Any book or educational material that is recommended by a faculty member who has a financial interest in the book or material must be approved by a committee formed by the faculty member’s chair.
  • Faculty presentations to medical students and residents should disclose all their personal, professional financial relationships with industry in each presentation.

Any violation of this policy by a student will be considered unprofessional behavior and will subject the student to actions by the appropriate Progress and Promotions Committee or by a Conduct Committee appointed by the Executive Associate Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs.