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"Faculty for sale" at big heart valve meeting?

Journalist Larry Husten, on his CardioBrief blog, describes a “new one on me” in linking to what he calls “an extraordinary document” describing cozy – indeed, invited and paid-for meeting opportunities between medical industry leaders and physicians at a heart valve conference.

Of a long laundry list, one item got special notice from Husten:

“And for $6000 sponsors get to participate in “Meeting of the Minds”:

Choose four faculty members for a private one-on-one meeting. Secure your faculty choice early as faculty will be removed from selection list once chosen.

I think the organizers may have missed a big opportunity here. Why only $6000 for 4 faculty? I’m surprised they didn’t think of an auction. I’ll bet there are some faculty members who could fetch way more than $1500…”


(Photo credit: from Tracy O on flickr)

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Elaine Schattner, M.D.

August 4, 2010 at 1:09 pm

This should be shocking news, but isn’t. Like doctors in private practice, many academic physicians want money, connections, good meals and stroked egos.