More Than Half of 4th-Year Medical Students and Residents Receive Drug Company Gifts

Kermit Cole
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A study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine asked 1,620 medical students and 739 residents doctors-in-training across the U.S. about their contacts with pharmaceutical companies, finding that roughly half of all students received gifts of some kind. More than half of senior medical students and residents received gifts, which ranged from pens, donuts and pizza to off-campus meals. Nearly 15 percent of seniors had received free drug samples, despite medical students’ lack of a license to prescribe medications.

Abstract →

Austa, K., Avorn, J., Franklin, J., Kowal, M., et al; Changing Interactions Between Physician Trainees and the Pharmaceutical Industry: A National Survey. Journal of General Internal Medicine. August 2013, Volume 28, Issue 8, pp 1064-1071

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

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