Mission and Vision
Many organizations have addressed physician-industry relationships from a perspective of managing perceived risks of such relationships. ACRE departs from this highly limited usage and emphasizes the value of collaboration. It provides a forum for like-minded physicians and industry partners to participate in discussion and debate to enhance this highly necessary relationship and to engage policymakers to work to facilitate such enhancement.
The immediate goals include:
- To inform the public on the benefit the industry/physician relationship has in educating physicians and other practitioners on state-of-the art therapies, on new treatments and emerging research outcomes. This relationship is also the basis for providing support of new investigators and clinical trials.
- To train speakers and clinical researchers and opinion leaders throughout the country to provide testimony in public policy settings and to be available for press inquiries.
The long term goals of the organization include:
- To reverse policies instituted curtailing or minimizing interaction between industry and physicians, educators and researchers.
- To institute an alternative to the recommendations of organizations such as: American Medical Students Association, Institute of Medicine and various academic health centers.
- To develop a robust public affairs platform to proactively address the importance of industry physician researcher relationship.
- To train young physicians:
- on the economic realities of medical research,
- how to raise funds, how to develop a research site,
- on clinical trial operations, how to develop a pool of new clinical investigators.
- To establish chapters at Universities and within specialties and at specialty society meetings.
- Educate clinical investigators on compliance with state and federal rules
- To be present at the medical associations/societies meetings (exhibitor’s booth)
- To have ongoing relationships with federal and state policy makers with a view to optimizing true medical progress in the interests of our patients