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Commentary
September 7, 2011

Conflict of Interest Disclosure in Early Education of Medical Students

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (Ms Austad); and Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts (Ms Austad and Dr Kesselheim).

JAMA. 2011;306(9):991-992. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1233

Medical education has embraced the transparency movement by shining the light of disclosure on physician-industry interactions. Many medical journals mandate that authors report potential conflicts of interest and publish detailed financial relationship lists with their articles.1 Likewise, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requires disclosure of lecturers' conflicts before lectures qualifying for continuing medical education (CME) credits.2

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