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A Piece of My Mind
November 1, 2000

Financial Indigestion

Author Affiliations

A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2000;284(17):2156-2157. doi:10.1001/jama.284.17.2156

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.