The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Psychiatry Academy is dedicated to development and delivery of the highest quality, independent and trust-worthy continuing medical education curriculum in the field.
Industry Support of Provider Education Programs
The Psychiatry Academy recognizes and acknowledges the commitment of its foundation and individual donors and the dedication they share in providing the highest standard of educational activities to enhance clinical care.
In addition to the generous philanthropic donations received, educational grants from pharmaceutical, biotech and sometimes the Psychiatry Academy recognizes and acknowledges the commitment of its foundation and individual donors and the dedication they share in providing the highest standard of educational activities to enhance clinical care.
Partners HealthCare Office for Interactions with Industry (OII)
The Partners HealthCare Office for Interactions with Industry (OII) was formed to assure the continued integrity of any education at a Partners institution that receives industry funding. All Psychiatry Academy programs adhere to standards for quality, independence and transparency – whether tuition-based or free, industry-funded or not. To address the added potential for conflict of interest in industry-funded education, the Psychiatry Academy works closely with OII to make sure that our programs meet stringent standards for quality and independence. OII’s review process ensures compliance with all state and federal guidelines regarding industry support and medical education.
Partners HealthCare Education Review Board (ERB)
The Partners HealthCare Education Review Board (ERB) is responsible for reviewing educational grants from pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies supporting education. This 17-member board includes representatives from clinical, scientific, educational, and patient advocacy communities with broad backgrounds in medical education. The ERB reviews all industry support for education throughout Partners, including Psychiatry Academy programs, at monthly meetings.
ERB standards and quality-control measures for industry-supported education include:
- • A rigorous planning process to screen potential conflicts of interest and monitor program content
- • An assurance that budgets and books of record are auditable by any supporter(s)
- • A review process that ensures any funds that are not applied to the intended education are returned to the company(ies)
- • A requirement that any industry-supported educational program must receive support from more than one company