U of Miami launches physician disclosure transparency web site

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The Miller School of Medicine, an entity of the University of Miami Health System in South Florida, has launched a web site that unearths the professional activities of faculty.

According to the Miller School, the interactions include research and educational interactions such as those between faculty members and drug manufacturers or device developers.

The web site allows the public to search by faculty or company name and lists the faculty member and the specific activity or entity he or she worked with. The current information on the web site includes activities which took place between June 1, 2008 and May 31, 2009. Ninety-five  percent of the faculty had reported their faculty disclosures, according to the Miller School.

"This enhanced disclosure initiative is the next logical step in the contract of trust we have with our patients and our community,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, MD, dean of the Miller School.

Additionally, the school said that the web site will soon feature a section that will make the amount of compensation each faculty member received in regard to their outside professional activities available. The site seeks to add transparency to the system and eliminate inappropriate relations or influence over clinical practices and research at the facility, according to the Miller School.

The web site comes after a task force of the Association of American Medical Colleges made a recent push to help hinder faculty members from receiving gifts or services from industry members.

The initiative is sponsored and supported by the Medical School Council, the University of Miami Medical Group governing board and the university's leadership.