PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE
Friday, June 25, 2010
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1:06 – 1:39
Big Man on Campus – Q&A with LAUSD Superintendent Ray Cortines
The LAUSD 2010 – 2011 budget has just been approved by the Board of Education - it keeps getting smaller and school problems – they just keep getting bigger. Teacher and staff furloughs, shuttered classes for disabled students, funding shortages for athletics… LAUSD superintendent Ray Cortines is here with his answers to Patt’s questions and yours.
Ramon Cortines, Superintendent of the
1:41 – 1:58:30
2:06 – 2:19
2:21 – 2:39
Busting the cozy relationship between doctors and Big Pharma
The University of Michigan Medical School says it will no longer take money from drug makers to pay for coursework that’s required for doctors renewing their medical licenses. Commercial financing for postgraduate medical education, known as Continuing Medical Education (CME), has recently come under increased scrutiny by academics, medical associations, ethicists and lawmakers for its potential to push products over patients’ health or interests. Commercial industry currently covers about half the cost of CME courses nationwide, amounting to about $1 billion. Shunning pharmaceutical industry money could mean higher course fees for doctors but do companies face an inherent conflict of interest by footing the bill? The answer could create a schism among some of the nation’s highest profile docs.
Dr. James O. Woolliscroft, dean of the
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- wants education to be free from bias, to be based on the best evidence and a balanced view of the topic under discussion.
- This year, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education said it would no longer grant credit to doctors for attending medical meetings that feature industry employees presenting product research.
Dr. Paul R. Lichter, director of the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, part of their medical school
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- His department has not accepted industry financing for such courses for decades
Dr. Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institute of Health
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- thinks banning this funding will unfairly cut physicians off from scientific knowledge in the private sector
Dr. Bernard Lo, lead author of a 2008 Institute of Medicine report on conflicts of interest
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- thinks that the prohibition did not go far enough - private doctors and academic physicians who are paid to speak for drug companies should be barred from presenting educational material at accredited conferences.
- calls them “Mouthpieces for their products,”
Art Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at the
2:30 – 2:41
2:48 – 2:58:30 (time TBD)
Los Tigres Del Norte at Disney Hall
From a small farming town in
PATT: Los Tigres Del Norte performs at the Walt Disney Concert Hall tonight at 7:30.
Jorge Hernandez Jr., directs the band, sings lead vocals, and plays the accordion
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