More Than Half of 4th-Year Medical Students and Residents Receive Drug Company Gifts

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A study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine asked 1,620 medical students and 739 residents doctors-in-training across the U.S. about their contacts with pharmaceutical companies, finding that roughly half of all students received gifts of some kind. More than half of senior medical students and residents received gifts, which ranged from pens, donuts and pizza to off-campus meals. Nearly 15 percent of seniors had received free drug samples, despite medical students’ lack of a license to prescribe medications.