Unfortunately, this proposal ignores all subtlety, is dismissive of the many benefits of industry relationships with medicine, and considers individuals and medical organizations rudderless in their efforts to be steered by a personal and professional moral compass.
If your medical school is being over run by drug reps or if they are creating a distraction in the learning environment, you as an administrator or faculty member should take action. But the AAMC proposal is simplistic and extreme.
The larger problem in medical education is the need to teach students to think critically. Although that would address not only the slanted information in drug company promotions but also the woo students are exposed to it’s not being done effectively. Instead, students are being asked to check their brains at the door to the classroom. If you have doubts on whether med students are embracing pseudoscience on a large scale check out the complementary and alternative medicine pages of the American Medical Student Association web site.
Via Kevin M.D.