Industry working with physicians through professional medical associations

J Vasc Surg. 2011 Sep;54(3 Suppl):41S-6S. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2011.04.068.


The physician/surgeon's interactions with industry have come under scrutiny in recent years for several reasons. Although some think that the professional medical association or society may provide an avenue to allow such interactions with less risk, there are concerns and challenges for such organizations as it relates to ethical and professional norms of their members. This is one surgeon's review of some pertinent information regarding what the professional medical society provides to its members and what role industry plays in the society's ability to provide these benefits. There is an exploration of the risks involved and practical methods to control inherent conflicts of interest involved in this interaction.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Codes of Ethics
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Fees and Charges
  • Gift Giving
  • Government Regulation
  • Health Care Sector* / economics
  • Health Care Sector* / ethics
  • Health Care Sector* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Health Care Sector* / standards
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Interinstitutional Relations*
  • Interprofessional Relations* / ethics
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • Quality of Health Care* / economics
  • Quality of Health Care* / ethics
  • Quality of Health Care* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Quality of Health Care* / standards
  • Scientific Misconduct
  • Societies, Medical* / economics
  • Societies, Medical* / ethics
  • Societies, Medical* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Societies, Medical* / standards