As an accredited CME provider by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the School of Medicine, Stony Brook University, must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all its directly provided or jointly provided educational activities. We are required to identify all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest; determine whether these relationships create a conflict of interest with the individual's control of content and resolve all conflicts before the educational activity occurs.
The School of Medicine, Stony Brook University, relies upon those in control of the content of its CME activities (planners, speakers, authors, reviewers) to provide educational information that is objective and free from bias. In this spirit, and in accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity is expected to disclose: all relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest (defined as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients), that relates to the content that will be discussed in the educational presentation.
NOTE: The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the 12 months prior to the educational activity that creates a conflict of interest. ACCME considers relationships of those in control of the content of the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner with a commercial interest. All commercial relationships that create a conflict with the planner’s, speaker’s, author’s, content reviewer’s control of content must be resolved before the educational activity occurs.