Evaluating the Industry Relationships of Presenting Physicians at the American Neurotological Society Spring Meetings

Milap H. Desai, Darshak M. Vekaria, Brian J. McKinnon

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Objective:1) Evaluate the accuracy of financial disclosures reporting by research presenters and moderators at the American Neurotology Society Spring meetings between 2014 and 2016. 2) Tabulate the reported monetary value of undisclosed financial relationships. 3) Determine the degree of compliance to the standards put forth by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.Study Design:Cross-sectional analysis.Setting:N/A.Patients:N/A.Interventions:N/A.Main Outcome Measures:The number of undisclosed payments, the accuracy of reporting, and the value of undisclosed payments were measured to test the hypothesis.Results:At the 2014 American Neurotology Society Spring Meeting, the organizers maintained a median amount of $950 and $6,525.89 for the presenters. 2015 showed a median amount of undisclosed payment of $7,134.74 for organizers and $12,256.46 for presenters. Likewise, 2016 showed a median of $4,165.14 in undisclosed payment for the organizers and $12,031.70 for the presenters.Conclusions:It is promising to see improvement in disclosure rates as organizers and presenters are effectively complying with the requirements set by Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. However, there is a substantial difference in disclosures by the presenters group compared with the organizers. The presenters had more undisclosed financial relationships than the organizers and although, not all undisclosed financial relationships are actual conflict of interest, it is safer and better practice to avoid the potential for undisclosed conflict of interest altogether. Presenters should be encouraged to fully disclose all relationships in the manner that organizers are required to do so.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)972-978
Number of pages7
JournalOtology and Neurotology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • American Neurotology Society
  • Ethics
  • Financial conflicts of interest
  • Industry or corporate funding
  • Information dissemination
  • Professional associations
  • Research presentations
  • Scientific societies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Clinical Neurology


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