AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title PharmaFree Week
Project type(s) Speaker
Date completed 04/06/2007
Chapter University of Arizona COM
Project Coordinator Liz Gobble
Summary of project We coordinated a week of lectures and action events to educate the student body about PharmFree. Three lectures covered the ethics of physicians and the pharm industry, possible guidelines being established here at U of A, and a former drug rep discussing his interactions with physicians. Dr. Steven Brown, a affiliated speaker, Dr. Philip Malan, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, and Shahram Ahari, MPH, gave lectures, respectively.

We also made our own "PharmaFree" pens to be distributed at lectures and at the student lounge. Every student received a copy of the PharmFree pledge in their mailbox.

Content area Pharmaceutical Issues
Number of participants 70
Participant hours involved 300 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost $700
Project funding Local chapter funds,AMSA grant
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising Flyers around the College of Medicine. Emails sent out to both student and faculty listservs. I also alerted the local newspapers, but no response.
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions We were lucky in that there was a front page article in the local newspaper about this issue about 2 weeks prior to the PharmaFree week. Students from all ends of the political spectrum were very receptive to our information and these events have started a dialogue at our school.

We are still collecting PharmFree pledges, so it is difficult to gauge the success on that arm of the project.

I believe the pen distribution and exchange could have been set up better, but it was difficult given that this is the first year our school has done this sort of project any time recently.

Comments Inviting the faculty was huge, as well as advertising the talks well in advance.

Making your own pens is very cheap, and also has cheap pens.

Gage your faculty opinion early and speak to your deans about any upcoming proposals (I had no idea that there had been a proposal put together here before the newspaper article was published).

Costs include airline ticket and transportation for one speaker, 3 lunchtime lectures that fed 70 people each, and 200 PharmaFree pens.

One day we bought brown bag lunch items from CostCo. and made bagged lunches for one lecture highlighting the idea that people should pack their own food to industry-sponsored lunches.

Please contact me for any other suggestions, I'd love to help.