Medical Professors and Their Outside Income

June 22, 2009

Eleven faculty doctors at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health received at least $50,000 from drug or medical device companies, with seven receiving at least $100,000, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported. Last year was the first in which the faculty members were required to report on such outside income, and the newspaper requested the records. The reports come at a time when many medical schools have been criticized for not preventing conflicts of interest in which their faculty members teach and publish in ways that are consistent with the interests of companies providing funds to professors.

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