The Conflict of Interest Faculty Advisory Committee (COI-FAC) is an advisory committee reporting to the Dean of the School of Medicine. The mission of the COI-FAC is four-fold: (1) To guide and oversee the Penn Medicine conflict of interest policies and practices, (2) to formally review individual cases where a Penn Medicine faculty member has allegedly failed to properly disclose extramural activity or otherwise comply with regulations related to extramural activities and to formulate a recommendation on restrictions and/or sanctions for consideration by the Dean/ Executive Vice President, (3) to provide faculty under review with a peer-based forum to directly participate in the COI-FAC evaluation process, and (4) to provide the faculty at large with an open forum for discussion of Penn Medicine conflict of interest policies.
The School of Medicine Animal Research Committee (SOMARC)
Excellent facilities and quality and uniformity of animal care and husbandry are necessary to support the quality, breadth and magnitude of the School of Medicine biomedical research enterprise. Primary responsibility for regulatory oversight and operational management of animal care and use resides with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR) office respectively. The School of Medicine Animal Research Committee (SOMARC) was established in 2004 to ensure faculty representation in School and institution-wide decisions regarding the management and operation of animal facilities. The SOMARC is chaired by the EVD/CSO and is comprised of faculty who have extensive experience in animal research. The committee is charged with developing policy and procedural recommendations for implementation by the SOM and ULAR. Members represent both users of large and small animals, as well as each SOM animal facility. Ex officio members include senior University and ULAR leadership.
The School of Medicine Research Core Facilities Committee provides oversight for the School of Medicine Research Core Facilities and is an advisory committee to the Dean through the Office of the Vice Dean for Research and Research Training. The Committee assures the availability of timely, state-of-the-art scientific services and equipment to the School of Medicine research community, and approves the initiation of new core facilities, the addition of new core services and equipment, the fee structure for services, and the retirement of cores that are no longer needed.