AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory
|PROJECT DESCRIPTION/CONTACT INFORMATION|
|Project title||PharmaFree Week|
|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 NoFreeLunch.org 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)|
|FUNDING & ADVERTISING|
|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.|
(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|
|Comments||Inviting the faculty was huge, as well as advertising the talks well in advance.
Making your own pens is very cheap, and NoFreeLunch.org also has cheap pens.
Gage your faculty opinion early and speak to your deans about any upcoming proposals (I h