Educational Conflict of Interest

When graduate or medical students learn by working with, and observing, their faculty members and mentors, it is important that they have access to information regarding the faculty member’s significant financial interests which may impact on what they are being taught. Utmost care must be made to ensure that the performance of research is consistent with all procedures implemented to protect the integrity of student’s research and to ensure that the conflict has no influence on student’s progress. It may be disruptive to disclose these interests each time a particular product of services is being discussed in the laboratory or clinic. Therefore, faculty would be encouraged to use a public location accessible to students, such as their faculty profile on their department’s website, to include relationships with private companies; such as consulting, membership on the board, or advising; as well as any equity interests such as patents; along with their other qualification and evidence of expertise in their field.