DePuy Spine supports a variety of educational programs that are of interest to the Company, including continuing medical education (CME) events hosted by providers accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (“ACCME”); non-CME events that avoid “off-label” discussion of DePuy Spine products; fellowship grants; travel grants for spine fellows and qualifying residents; grand rounds; and other programs. Each request is evaluated on the individual program’s merits, and all requests must be reviewed by the DePuy Spine Education Grant Committee for approval.
Requests for funding must be submitted by an accredited CME provider or a not-for-profit institution, outlining the amount requested, the proposed use of funding and a detailed budget. The requests should provide details about the program, indicate whether it will be CME-eligible, and include an agenda of topics to be covered and any other relevant information. Requests should be submitted to the company at least six weeks before the program and may be submitted via our online application.
All requests for funding are reviewed by the DePuy Spine Education Grant Committee, which generally meets once per month. Voting members of the committee include senior management from Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Health Care Compliance, and the Law Department. Company associates from Sales and Marketing may provide input and background information on submitted requests but do not have a vote in award decisions. No employee or independent sales representative is authorized to commit grant funding without the approval of the Education Grant Committee.
Factors our committee considers as part of the review process include the following:
All approved awards are made via a restricted grant from DePuy Spine to a CME provider or an appropriate not-for-profit institution, which must sign a grant letter of agreement outlining the terms of the award before payment will be remitted. Education grants may not be funded directly by a sales representative. Awards cannot be granted to an individual, and the company does not approve multi-year commitments.
If an award is rejected, a written response will be provided to the requestor with an appropriate explanation for the decision.
Education grants can be submitted via our online application.
A travel grant is intended to help defray the cost of conference attendance for a spine fellow or qualifying resident (in his/her last or second-to-last year of neurosurgical or orthopaedic residency) and may be provided to attend one appropriate clinical education program held in the continental United States each academic year. Programs must be consistent with AMA Guidelines, the AdvaMed Code, and any applicable state and local laws. The institution must select the traveler. The request must be submitted by the institution’s program director at least 8 weeks prior to the meeting; the company will not provide a retroactive award for a meeting that already has passed.
Examples of eligible training programs:
Annual meeting or other appropriate programs offered by major spine societies including:
CME accredited cadaveric based training programs including but not limited to:
Non-clinical courses pertaining primarily to coding, reimbursement or other practice management topics, are not eligible for a travel grant.
All requests for funding are reviewed by the DePuy Spine Education Grant Committee, which generally meets once per month. Voting members of the committee include a cross-functional group of senior management members from Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Health Care Compliance, and the Law Department and more. Company associates from Sales and Marketing may provide input and background information on submitted requests but do not have a vote in award decisions. No employee or independent sales representative is authorized to commit grant funding without the approval of the Education Grant Committee.
To request a travel grant please submit a letter of request to DePuy Spine’s Medical Affairs department via our online application.
The letter must include the following information:
The student must be recommended by a faculty of the organization to which the fellow or resident belongs. The letter of request must be signed by the faculty member.
Travel grants can be submitted via our online application.
Approved grants are awarded to a non-profit academic teaching institution and not to an individual or to a private practice. Requestors must disclose if other sources of funding have been secured. The DePuy Spine travel grant cap is $2,000 or a lesser amount based on the estimate. However, expenses should be submitted in their entirety.