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Medical School Departments, Department Heads Often Have Industry Relationships

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A study led by members of the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Policy and a University of Michigan bioethicist has found that institutional academic-industry relationships -- financial relationships that companies have with medical schools or teaching hospitals rather than with individual physicians or scientists -- are as common and pervasive as individual relationships.

"Our data show that institutional relationships are as ubiquitous as individual relationships," says Eric Campbell, PhD, of the MGH-IHP, the study's principal investigator. "As with personal interactions, some institutional relationships likely pose conflicts of interest with the overall missions of academic medical centers.