Creating an institutional conflict-of-interest policy at Johns Hopkins: Progress and lessons learned
Edward D. Miller, MD
Dean of the Medical Faculty, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and CEO, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Correspondence: Edward D. Miller, MD, Dean of the Medical Faculty and CEO, Johns Hopkins Medicine, 733 North Broadway, Suite 100, Baltimore, MD 21205; firstname.lastname@example.org
Acknowledgment: The author acknowledges Julie Gottlieb, Assistant Dean, Office of Policy Coordination, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, for her role in developing the policy discussed here.
Dr. Miller reported that he has no financial interests, relationships, or affiliations that pose a potential conflict of interest with this article.
Unlike policies that address biomedical conflict of interest for individuals, conflict-of-interest policies for academic medical institutions are rare and lack consensus principles. Johns Hopkins Medicine is currently developing an institutional conflict-of-interest policy that emphasizes case-by-case review and disclosure of conflicts to research subjects and the public. Implementation of the policy will focus on transparency, consistent enforcement throughout the institution, thorough employee education about the policy, and ongoing policy review.