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Academic Medicine to Publish Student Paper

Health Care Ethics student Shahram Ahmadi Nasab Emran, PhD(c) has had a paper accepted for publication by Academic Medicine. The paper is titled, "An Intellectual Virtue Vaccine for Physician-Pharmaceutical Interactions."

Abstract: The issue of the physician-pharmaceutical interactions has been the subject of vast research. The main theme in almost all of the works has been the notion of the conflict of interest and the financial side of the relationship. The assumption is that the physicians are epistemically competent at recognizing the poor quality information they receive from the drug companies but are biased because of the financial incentives. In this paper, the author questions the assumption and indicates that physicians' poor performance in dealing with the pharmaceutical industry is part of a bigger epistemic problem they have in understanding the results of research. Hence, certain intellectual virtues are suggested as the "vaccine" for the problem.


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