How to manage satellite symposia at medical meetings

Are medical societies violating the rules when they solicit satellite symposia funding from pharmaceutical companies?

The Case

Yuma Sweethart, the new marketing director for Scoliosis: the Association for Spine Specialists International (SASSI), wants to impress top-level management by increasing revenue from satellite symposia at the organization's fall 2009 conference. SASSI is an Accreditation Council for CME-accredited provider with commendation, but it does not provide credit for its satellite events. Rather, other CME providers conduct the events at night as adjuncts to the SASSI pr

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