Outside Activities

Many HMS faculty engage in collaborative interaction with outside entities, and HMS is committed to preventing faculty bias in academic research that may arise from these relationships. These outside activities are typically positive indicators that faculty members are recognized thought-leaders with professional opportunities, government funding and support from companies working to translate research to the bedside. Nevertheless, additional institutional attention must be given to faculty relationships with outside entities in order to safeguard the integrity of the faculty and their research and to actively limit potential or perceived conflicts of interest.

ARI provides oversight to faculty outside activities as it implements and advises members of the Faculty of Medicine on the Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy. Oversight includes the annual collection and review of faculty outside activity disclosures, review of research proposals for conflicts of interest, and at times managing potential conflicts of interest pursuant to a formal management plan.

If you have questions or concerns about faculty outside activities please contact us at outside_activities@hms.harvard.edu.  Should you have a concern to report, you may email us or leave an anonymous message by dialing 617 432-5555.  We take all allegations of non-compliance seriously.