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Case Studies

AMA Journal of Ethics Clinical Case Studies
American Medical Association (All cases gathered from the AMA Journal of Ethics website)

American College of Physicians Case Study Series
American College of Physicians (All cases gathered from their website)

Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics
Exploring Integrity in Medicine: The Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics Casebook

Stanford University Ethics Case Studies
Selected cases in medical business ethics are listed below. For a list of all cases and associated PDFs, go to their website.

  • Conflicting Allegiance - As a consultant for two different companies in addition to being a University employee, questions are raised about gifts, proper compensation and conflicts of commitment.
  • Invitation to Dinner - When you are given an offer to attend a pharmaceutical company sponsored dinner, you weigh the choice between attending and not attending.
  • Patient Recruitment - Your supervisor is in need of patients for an important clinical trial, and pushes you to recruit more patients from the clinic, however you have some doubts about your supervisor's involvement with the study sponsor.
  • The Clinical Specialist - An company-provided clinical specialist is often present in the operating room helping with implementation of a new device, however you wonder if her influence over the medical center's purchase decisions is appropriate.


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