SOM Grades High for Conflict-of-Interest Policies

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –The University of New Mexico School of Medicine was recently evaluated as one of the top academic medical centers in the nation to implement conflict-of-interest policies.

In an evaluation of 151 U.S. medical schools conducted by the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), the UNM School of Medicine ranked 26, receiving a “B” grade.

The largest group, 52 schools, received an “F” grade, and only nine schools received an “A” grade. UNM was 1 of 20 schools to receive a “B” grade.

Using letter grades to assess schools’ performance in 11 potential areas of conflict, the AMSA Scorecard gives a comprehensive look at the landscape of conflict-of-interest policies across American medical education, as well as in-depth assessment of individual policies that govern industry interaction with medical school faculty and trainees.

Each institution was assessed on a variety of policies related to potential conflicts of interest created by industry marketing at the level of the individual physician and trainee.

For more information on the AMSA Scorecard, visit

Contact: Lauren Cruse, 272-3322

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