ERIC Number: EJ808550
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
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The Role of the Pharmaceutical Industry in Teaching Psychopharmacology: A Growing Problem
Brodkey, Amy C.
Academic Psychiatry, v29 n2 p222-229 Jun 2005
OBJECTIVE: To describe and examine the role of the pharmaceutical industry in the teaching of psychopharmacology to residents and medical students and to make recommendations for changes in curriculum and policy based on these findings. METHODS: Literature reviews and discussions with experts, educators, and trainees. RESULTS: The pharmaceutical industry currently plays an extensive role in teaching psychopharmacology to trainees, both directly and indirectly. Attendance at industry-sponsored lectures and drug lunches, meetings with pharmaceutical representatives, and interactions involving the acceptance of various gifts are the most obvious venues. Less apparent but equally pervasive are the influence of industry-sponsored faculty and research and industry's effect on the climate of practice and the profession as a whole. Replacing medical education with industry promotion in the guise of scholarship causes demonstrable harm to trainees, the public, and the profession. CONCLUSIONS: In light of these findings, the medical profession must reassert control of medical education and draw a firm barrier between commercial and professional pursuits. These issues must be actively, explicitly, and rigorously discussed with our colleagues and students.
Descriptors: Medical Students, Industry, Pharmacology, Literature Reviews, Trainees, Teaching Methods, Curriculum Design, Physicians, Graduate Medical Education, Meetings, Pharmaceutical Education, Ethics, Scholarships, Psychiatry, School Business Relationship, Role
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