Conflict of Interest Policy

Policy Manual

  • Policy Number: OAA 13-002
  • Effective Date: 06/03/2013
  • Department: Office of Academic Affairs and Faculty Council
  • Originator: COI Committee

This policy applies to part-time and full-time faculty, residents and staff at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. It is a supplement to the University of Nevada, Reno Conflict of Interest Policy.

Everyone covered under this policy will be required to make a full disclosure of all industry affiliations. Such disclosures will be displayed on a publicly accessible website.

No industry representatives are permitted to market their products on University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine grounds or clinics unless invited to do so by the department chair. Representatives may only meet with faculty by appointment in faculty offices. Faculty are not allowed to participate in industry marketing activities such as industry speaker panels.

No gifts(1) (including food, office supplies, travel support, scholarships or non-Continuing Medical Education training funds) from industry are permitted. Pharmaceutical samples are restricted to those required for patient education. Any exceptions must be approved by the UNR Med Compliance Officer. Industry meals are prohibited.

No restricted(2) funding of CME will be permitted. No ghost-written or ghost-analyzed scholarly products are permitted. We will work towards a centralized CME account.

University researchers have an obligation to their human subject volunteers to make their results public (through publication or internet access). Industry will not be permitted to control access to IRB approved human subject data.

No industry produced teaching materials will be permitted for use in teaching medical students or residents. Instructors will share all teaching materials with educational coordinators.

All practice plan purchasing decisions will exclude individuals with potential industry conflicts.

All trainees will receive instruction on these institutional policies and how industry promotion can influence clinical judgment.


(1) All gifts regardless of value
(2) This indicates that industry may not direct or restrict the content or the speaker for CME activities