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In the October issue of Prescrire International: clear shortcomings in the independence of French medical schools

FREE DOWNLOADInvestigation by a nonprofit organisation revealed poor application of a charter signed by deans of French medical and dental schools.
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  • The Council of Deans of Medical and Dental Schools in France adopted an ethics and professional code of conduct charter in 2017.
  • This charter was intended to preserve the scientific integrity of teaching, in the face of frequent commercial influence.
  • Formindep, a non-profit association advocating for the independence of medical education and information, investigated whether the 37 French medical schools had adopted this charter, and if so, how they were applying it.
  • The results were disappointing, but some progress was observed. 

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 ©Prescrire 1 October 2019

"Independence of French medical schools: clear shortcomings" Prescrire Int 2019; 28 (208): 248 (Pdf, free).

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