Integrity and Accreditation

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.

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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

INTEGRITY OF HOSPITAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS

As a large academic medical center, faculty members of hospital education programs may have separate relationships with industry either through institutional or individual consulting arrangements, participation in sponsored clinical trials, etc. To ensure independence, all accredited Psychiatry Academy curricula and the development of its content must adhere to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Standards for Commercial Support (ACCME), federal and state guidelines and any additional requirements set forth by the hospital and the highly-regarded accredited providers of the programs with whom we work.

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Established, Recognized Continuing Medical Education Standards

The Psychiatry Academy is part of an academic medical center, and some of our faculty are renowned clinician-researchers who may have relationships with pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies through institutional or individual consulting arrangements, sponsored clinical trials, government-funded grants, or other arrangements.

The Psychiatry Academy works with its highly-regarded accreditation partners to ensure the educational development and implementation process adheres to Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support, all federal and state continuing medical education guidelines, and any additional requirements set forth by Massachusetts General Hospital or Partners HealthCare.

The guidelines for ACCME Standards for Commercial Support include:

  • Independence: All Psychiatry Academy programs are designed to be free from control of any commercial interest. This includes identification of needs, determination of learning objectives, design of content, selection of optimal educational methods, and program evaluation. This includes never being required by a supporter to accept advice or services, including using content from any commercial interest(s) as a condition of receiving funding.
  • Resolution of Personal Conflicts of Interest: Anyone who controls the content of any Psychiatry Academy education, including faculty, must disclose to the accredited provider of the program all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests. A relevant financial relationship is defined as a financial relationship with a company in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that creates a conflict of interest. All of our accreditation partners have mechanisms in place to identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to any education being provided to health care professionals.
  • Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships: All faculty in any Psychiatry Academy education must disclose any relevant financial relationship(s) they have to all health care professionals who participate in the education.  If an individual has no relevant financial interest(s), then they must specifically disclose that that no relevant financial relationship exists. All faculty disclosures are reviewed and evaluated in detail by our accreditation partners and are subject to their resolution of conflict guidelines.
  • Disclosure of Industry Support: The source(s) of any financial support for Psychiatry Academy education is(are) always disclosed to health care professionals and never include(s) the use of trade names or product-related messages.
  • Appropriate Use of Industry Support: All industry support associated with Psychiatry Academy education MUST be given with the full knowledge and approval of our accreditation partner(s) and decisions regarding the disposition and disbursement of industry support must be made by the accreditation partner(s). All expenditures must be documented, including all honoraria paid to faculty, committee members, joint sponsors, or others involved with the activity. Any excess funds not applied to the intended Psychiatry Academy education must be returned to any supporters.

Other internal and external recognized guidelines that the Psychiatry Academy adheres to include:

  • • Written agreements that document the terms of any support MUST be in place prior to the start of any education.
  • • Any product promotion material in any format(s) and any exhibit(s) of any kind are prohibited at all Psychiatry Academy education.
  • • The content and format of any Psychiatry Academy education must promote improvements or quality in health care and not any proprietary interest of any industry supporter(s).
  • • Anyone who controls the content of any Psychiatry Academy education may not have any position on the Massachusetts General Hospital formulary committee for any industry supporter.
  • • At the close of any Psychiatry Academy education, participants are asked to evaluate the education and content for its perceived integrity and independence – this data is used to enhance our education and content on an ongoing basis.

The Psychiatry Academy and our accredited partners devote significant resources to ensure independence and integrity so that we are able to sustain and grow our portfolio of educational programs across live conferences, webinars, mobile apps, simulations, virtual grand rounds, interactive online courses, e-books, and more.

This page is continually updated as internal and external requirements, recommendations and regulations evolve and change.

Across therapeutic areas, the Psychiatry Academy collaborates with well-regarded accreditors certified by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

We carefully screen and select accreditors with the highest standards for education, including those who have been granted commendation status by the ACCME.

Our Accreditors