Rules Governing National Conference Program and Faculty Presentations

Last Updated on April 16, 2022 by Lee Burnett, DO, FAAFP

The National Conferences on Primary Health Care Access are devoted to discussions of public policy regarding health policy, medical education policy, and programmatic responses to shortages and maldistribution of primary care and community health resources. Because the programmatic matters discussed do not involve commercial interests, the National Conference programs do not incorporate subject matter in which any conflicts of interest are expected to occur.

However, each of the National Conferences apply for and (for every application to date)  have received Prescribed Continuing Medical Education Credit from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). In accordance with commitments to the AAFP to meet all of their conditions for receiving such credit, the National Conferences and the non-profit organization that organizes and conducts them, the Coastal Research Group, require that any member of the National Conference planning committees or faculty declare any potential or actual conflicts of interest between the subject matter of their presentations and any commercial employment or other financial relationship that they might have. Such potential or actual conflicts regarding any material incorporated into the National Conferences would then be made known to the conference registrants and attendees.

Furthermore, the Coastal Research Group self-finances the National Conferences through registration fees and other non-commercial income sources. No commercial sponsorships have ever been accepted for the National Conferences and none are sought or expected in the future.

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