Comment Letter

Neurosurgery Recommends ACGME Address COI in Residency Training

  • Graduate Medical Education

Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP
President and Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
401 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60611

SUBJECT: Conflict of Interest Issues During Residency Training

Dear Dr. Nasca:

On behalf of the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Board of Neurological Surgery, Congress of Neurological Surgeons and Society of Neurological Surgeons, we are writing to encourage the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to adopt new institutional and program requirements to govern conflict of interest during residency training.

A long history of research collaboration between faculty members and trainees has strongly contributed to progress in medicine. In neurological surgery, such collaborations have advanced technology and quality of care to the demonstrable benefit of patients. In addition, the presence of collaborative research environments that engage clinical trainees characterizes highly effective training programs. Our organizations wish to continue our tradition of fostering the creativity of neurosurgical faculty members and trainees who collaborate to advance the interests of patients and society.

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