“The faculty and student relationships with industry are very poorly regulated,” said study author Adrienne Shnier, a PhD candidate at York University’s School of Health Policy and Management. “This means that industry has the ability to influence the resources that are provided to medical students . . . and influence the information that is taught to medical students.”
“Most people don’t expect that the biggest schools in the country and the most influential schools in the country actually scored some of the lowest (scores),” said Shnier. “That’s problematic . . . because when you see a diploma on the wall in a physician’s office from one of these reputable schools, you expect that they’ve received a balanced education.”
Big Pharma meets weak resistance at Canadian medical schools: study - Conflict of interest policies meant to mitigate the influence of drug companies on student doctors often have big holes, a survey finds.