A Piece of My Mind Section Editor:
Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.
Over the past decade, I have had the fun and good fortune of being a
visiting professor at more than two dozen teaching hospitals. One noon conference
during a recent visit, however, stands out.
The chief resident had asked me ahead of time to discuss financial conflict
of interest, but he neglected to inform me that a major pharmaceutical company
would be hosting lunch before the conference. When I arrived, one of the two
well-dressed drug reps asked politely who I was, then invited me to have lunch.
I demurred when I learned his company was the sponsor.
Kassirer JP. Financial Indigestion. JAMA. 2000;284(17):2156-2157. doi:10.1001/jama.284.17.2156