AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

PROJECT DESCRIPTION/CONTACT INFORMATION
Project title Discussion with current and former pharmaceutical representatives
Project type(s) Other
Date completed 10/2007
Chapter Keck SOM of University of Southern California
Project Coordinator Shijun Cindy Xi
Summary of project This discussion followed the talk b Shahram Ahari, "Confessions of a Former Pharm Rep." Dylan Lai Bennett, current employee of Merck, and Shahram Ahari engaged in discussion with school of medicine students and faculty.

Content area Professionalism
Number of participants 15
Participant hours involved 30 hour(s)
PROJECT PLANNING
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
FUNDING & ADVERTISING
Total project cost 0
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Project advertising Announced simultaneously with "Confessions of a Former Pharm Rep." Emails & flyers to schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy.
PROJECT EVALUATION
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
4
Lessons/suggestions This was a very informal discussion, with no planned structure. Given this, it's difficult to know all the participants' expectations and to carry the flow of the discussion while addressing everyone's questions. Some of this might have been avoided if it was prefaced with a specific topic, like simply the issue of free gifts, excluding the subjects of industry-sponsored research and educational programs.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS
Comments These discussions get exhausting and sometimes unproductive.