Managing Conflicts of Interest
A collaborative project with the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation
For more information please visit IMAP: Managing Conflicts of Interest
Physicians and medical organizations have many opportunities
to compromise their professional responsibilities by pursuing
private gain or personal advantage. Such compromises are
especially threatening in the pursuit of personal or organizational
interactions with for-profit industries, including pharmaceutical
firms, medical equipment manufacturers, and insurance companies.
As stated in the Charter on Medical Professionalism, “physicians
have an obligation to recognize, disclose to the general
public, and deal with conflicts of interest that arise in
the course of their professional duties and activities.”
The goal of the Managing Conflicts of Interest Project
is to develop recommendations for managing conflicts of
interest and engaging physicians in maintaining public trust.
It will focus both on the individual judgments of physicians
to reduce conflicts of interest, and also on the authority
of state and federal regulations. This collaborative project
reflects the respective missions of the ABIM Foundation
– to advance medical professionalism and physician
leadership in quality improvement and assessment, and that
of CMAP – to promote professional values in medicine.