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Module 16: Conflict of Interest

Upon completion of this module, the resident should be able to:

  1. Define "conflict of interest."
  2. Describe conditions conducive to the appearance and generation of "conflicts of interest."
  3. Describe a typology of "conflicts of interest."
  4. Identify strategies for managing "conflicts of interest."

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Additional Resources

An “expose” of conflicts of interest in medicine, published in The Washington Monthly, can be found at:

For a provocative look at solutions to the problems of conflicts of interest in medicine see the presentation and slide show at:

A study of conflicts of interest policies and medical journals, conducted by the University of California at Los Angeles, can be found at:  Another often-cited study of conflicts of interest in clinical research, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, can be found at:

The Institute on Medicine as a Profession has a website with a segment devoted to managing conflicts of interest; it can be found at:

An excellent portal to numerous links (including official policies of organizations and institutions) is offered by the National Institutes of Health; it can be found at:

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