Relationship with Industry Module

Accessing the Module | Troubleshooting | Resources | Accreditation Information

The Relationship with Industry module is a fun and interactive module that covers key issues in the relationships between the medical community and industry, and helps you discern what is relevant to include in your disclosure. 

Accessing the Module

There are two versions of this course:

  1. For members of the Faculty of Medicine at UBC
  2. For public or UBC staff outside the Faculty of Medicine

For members of the Faculty of Medicine at UBC: log in to UBC Connect to take this course. If you are unable to see the module on Connect, please follow these instructions to self-enroll into the course. As of September 2014, the Relationship with Industry module is connected to your Conflict of Interest Declaration in the RISe system. You will need to re-take this training module every three years and the RISe system will send you a reminder at that time. This module is required by the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine and upon completion provides qualified access to the University of British Columbia Researcher Information Services (UBC RISe).

For public access (i.e. only those outside the UBC Faculty of Medicine): click here to access the public version of the module DO NOT USE THIS VERSION IF YOU NEED TO UPDATE YOUR COI ON RISE.


The most common problems with navigating the module can be solved by updating your Adobe Flash player and internet browser. Alternatively, use a Google Chrome browser which includes Adobe Flash as part of the system. Sometimes Google blocks flash by default on the Chrome browser. After updating Adobe flash and the Chrome browser, Chrome browser users should verify the settings for Adobe Flash. Please see link: Please keep in mind this program does not work in iPads or mobile devices. The module opens in a new internet window so please allow the pop-up.


Articles for Reference

  • Katz D, Caplan AL, Merz JF. (2003). All gifts large and small: Toward an understanding of the ethics of pharmaceutical industry gift giving. American Journal of BIoethics, 3(3): 39-46. PDF PDF
  • Morgan MA, Dana J, Loewenstein G, Zinberg S, Schulkin J. (2006). Interactions of doctors with the pharmaceutical industry. Journal of Medical Ethics, 32: 559-563. PDF PDF
  • Spurling GK, Mansfield PR, Montgomery BD, Lexchin J, Doust J, Othman N, Vitry AI. (2010). Information from pharmaceutical companies and the quality, quantity, and cost of physicians' prescribing: A systematic review. PLoS Medicine, 7(10): e1000352. PDF PDF
  • Steinman MA, Shlipak MG, McPhee SJ. (2001). Of principles and pens: Attitudes and practices of medicine house staff toward pharmaceutical industry promotions. The American Journal of Medicine, 110: 551-557. Abstract link (restricted access).
  • Wazana A. (2000). Physicians and the pharmaceutical industry: Is a gift ever just a gift? JAMA, 283(3): 373-380. Abstract link (restricted access).

Accreditation Information

This module is accredited for up to 0.5 MOC Section 3 and 1.0 Mainpro+ credits. 

The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians.  This program has been reviewed and approved by the UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development.  UBC CPD designates this educational program as meeting the accreditation criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 1.0 MAINPRO+ credits. This program is an Accredited Group Learning Activity eligible for up to 0.5 Section 3 credits as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Each physician should claim only those credits he/she actually spent in the activity.

A Certificate of Completion is NOT required for completion for this module. A certificate is only necessary if you need one to claim continuing education credits. Please email to get your certificate.

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