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Thorny Issues Related to Conflicts of Interest in CME

The idea of having to resolve conflicts of interesting in continuing medical education is not new, but there still is a lot of confusion around what does and does not constitute a COI.

By Judy M. Sweetnam, M.Ed., CHCP, senior associate and director of training, Steve Passin & Associates

The issue of conflicts of interest, or COI, has been around since 2007, and yet we still are surprised by how often people are confused about what is and is not a COI as it relates to commercial interests that financially support a continuing medical education activity. There also is till a lot of confusion over content and what planners, faculty, and revie

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