Conflicts of Interest

Interactions with Vendors and Other Commercial Entities

Educational Value of Event

Discretion must be employed in determining whether to attend, based on whether the event has a legitimate educational value. For example, industry sponsors often organize their own conferences and invite faculty or trainees to attend; it is incumbent upon the invitee and his/her Chair to determine whether it is truly a learning event or is designed primarily to influence participants to favor the vendor's products. The setting for and cost of the event should be appropriate to its purpose.