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Guiding Principles for Academics and Industry

Guiding Principles for Academics and Industry

June 03, 2010 In the News

Industry (vendors, manufacturers, publishers, etc.) and audiology programs work together daily. Windmill et al (2010) recently offered their thoughts and perspectives as to parameters to maintain successful and ethical relationships, based on a 2008 American Association of Medical Colleges publication on related topics associated with medical education.

Windmill et al address a multitude of issues and topics including the public trust, conflicts of interest, general and specific recommendations for academic programs and for industry.

The authors specific principles with regard to the interaction between audiology programs and industry are paraphrased here. Interactions should:

  1. Serve the interests and legitimate missions of both parties.
  2. Serve legitimate educational or research purposes.
  3. Enhance hearing/balance health of the public.
  4. Be disclosed and transparent.
  5. Involve open communication.
  6. Support free exchange of information consistent with professional behavior.
  7. Not involve quid pro quo beyond fair market value for products/services.

For More Information, References, and Recommendations

American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC): Industry Funding of Medical Education, Report of an AAMC Task Force (2008). 

Windmill IM, Freeman BA, Jerger J, Scott JM.(2010)Guiding Principles for the Interaction Between Academic Programs in Audiology and Industry. March/April, Audiology Today.

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