3.7.D. Conflicts of Interest and Commitment

1. Applicability of the Stanford University Faculty Policy on Conflicts of Interest and Commitment

The Stanford University Faculty Policy on Conflicts of Interest and Commitment and the policies pertaining to consulting and other outside professional activities by members of the professorate apply to Clinician Educators, http://doresearch.stanford.edu/policies/research-policy-handbook/conflicts-commitment-and-interest.  If a situation raising questions of conflict of interest or commitment arises, a Clinician Educator is urged to discuss the situation with their service chief or department chair and contact the Director of the School of Medicine Conflict of Interest Review Program at (650) 723-7226.

2. Training and Disclosure

All new Clinician Educators members must complete the training tutorial titled Avoiding Financial Conflicts of Interest. This is a self-paced, web-based module designed to provide an overview of the high-risk situations that can lead to financial conflicts of interest for Clinician Educators. Additional information about the module can be found at the COI website http://stanford.edu/group/coi/training/training.html. It is available to all members of the Stanford community with SUNetIds through the Stanford Training and Registration System (STARS).

In addition, all new and continuing Clinician Educators must disclose any outside professional activities that could reasonably be seen to be related to their Stanford responsibilities in research, teaching, administrator, or clinical care activities in Stanford's Outside Professional Activities Certification System (OPACS). 

3. Stanford Industry Interactions Policy (SIIP)

Clinician Educators are expected to comply with the Stanford Industry Interactions Policy (SIIP) that governs interactions, largely in the clinical and educational arenas, with the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, and hospital and research equipment and supplies industries.  Additional information is available at the School of Medicine website, http://med.stanford.edu/siip

4. Academic Appointments at Other Institutions

A concurrent academic appointment at another institution is not permitted for a Clinician Educator holding a benefits eligible appointment at Stanford.  If a Clinician Educator’s Stanford appointment is to be benefits eligible and they hold an appointment at another academic institution, regardless of whether it is a paid position or an unpaid position, they must resign from it before their Stanford appointment begins. Any exceptions to this policy require the approval of the Vice Dean.