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Medical Schools Under Scrutiny

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Senate Finance Committee investigation, headed by Senator Charles Grassley, Republican of Iowa, into the conflict of interests of doctors with drug company ties.

Perhaps you’ve also heard of the recent grading of Medical Schools on ethical standards by the American Medical Student Association.

The AMSA requested information from a number of schools across the country regarding ethical requirements when it came to conflicts of interest. Out of these requests came its grades.

The Medical School at University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, where I lived until recently, received a C. The Medical School at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where I presently reside, received an F.

Why did UF receive an F? The University of Florida didn’t get this information to the American Medical Student Association in time.

Officials at UF have explained the delay, and supposedly have gotten the information to the AMSA. Too late for this years mark, it would seem, but they’re on it. The requirements UF has established to protect itself from conflicts of interest also made their way into the local paper, the Gainesville Sun, as a result of this development.

Now, guess what? Senator Grassley has sent letters to 23 University Medical Schools across the country asking them to share information they neglected to share with the AMSA as a part of his investigation.

If Senator Grassley lived in my state, let me tell you, he’d have my vote!