Mount Sinai personnel have an obligation to adhere to the highest standards of ethical conduct free from any improper external influence or appearance of impropriety. Following are some activities prohibited by Mount Sinai.
Acceptance of Gifts: Solicitation or acceptance of gifts, gratuities, payments or consideration of any kind or other favors from any person or organization that does or is seeking to do business with, or establish a relationship with, Mount Sinai is prohibited. Unsolicited gifts must be returned by contacting the Compliance Department at 1-800-853-9212.
Other than de minimis non-cash gifts from patients, the solicitation or acceptance by full-time and part-time faculty and other employees of gifts from patients, former patients, their friends and relatives and Members of the Boards of Trustees is prohibited. Donors should be directed to the Development Office so that such gifts are properly recorded and acknowledged.
Endorsements: MSSM faculty and staff are prohibited from performing product or company endorsements or otherwise engaging in promotional activities for industry.
- PUBLICATIONS: Authorship on articles and scientific presentations must be in accordance with Mount Sinai's Responsibilities of Authors and AMA guidelines on authorship. An author's role in content and contributions must be verifiable. Having one's own name appear as author of a document conceived, researched and written by others is unacceptable, e.g., an article prepared by industry for publication under a faculty member's name is not permitted.
- PRESENTATIONS: Speakers are required to use their own materials without control of content by the sponsor. Talks in which sponsors exert significant control over the content are prohibited. The use of ghostwritten materials, e.g., slide-kits, is also prohibited.
- PHARMACEUTICAL SAMPLES: Physicians and staff may not accept pharmaceutical samples for their own personal use or for distribution to patients or family members.
- USE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION: Mount Sinai personnel may not disclose or otherwise use confidential or privileged information gained because of their employment at or relationship to Mount Sinai for direct or indirect personal advantage or gain. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, the use of any such information in connection with the purchase or sale of securities or other investment activities.
Conflict of Interest Helpline
Office of the Dean
One Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY 10029