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Compliance & Ethics Week

In celebration of Compliance & Ethics Week, the university community is invited to come learn about our various compliance, ethics and risk initiatives.  It is our commitment to support a culture reflecting our D-I-R-E-C-C-T values.

On November 7-9, the University will host its second annual Compliance & Ethics Week. Over the three days, we will have a three-hour information fair and an array of hour-long seminars. The seminars will touch on the University’s various compliance, ethics, and risk initiatives.  These will take place on each campus, beginning with the Miller School of Medicine on Tuesday, November 7, followed by the Coral Gables campus on Wednesday, November 8, and concluding with the Rosenstiel School campus on Thursday, November 9.

On Tuesday, November 7th, at Dominion Towers room 300, we will have several speakers throughout the day.  Kenneth W. Goodman, the director of the Miller School of Medicine’s Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy and co-director of UM Ethics Programs; will kick off the discussion sessions.  Followed by William Collins from compliance export control, who will be accompanied by Brent Wagner, a special agent with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Export Enforcement.  Among his topics, Wagner plans to describe current enforcement actions and scenarios, how UM staff, researchers, and students can protect UM technology, and the importance of ensuring that UM research, technology, and commodities do not fall into the wrong hands. Mid-morning Joshua Boxer, executive director of regulatory compliance, will discuss conflicts of interest, but with a message geared to health care professionals. His talk is, “Who Pays for Your Doctor’s Lunch?” Also presenting, will be Helenmarie Blake-Leger, UM’s chief privacy and data integrity officer, whose topic should interest anyone with a cell phone: “Stripped! Don’t let your mobile device leave you exposed!”

Also on the medical campus Barry Grosse, chief compliance officer for health affairs, will discuss UHealth’s efforts to promote a culture of transparency and the benefits of having a workplace that values candor. He will be followed by the management team of the Office of Research Compliance and Quality Assurance (RCQA). In its session, “Compliance ‘U’ Can Tweet About,” the RCQA team will review compliance data from the past 10 years and show how the University’s adherence to the regulations and requirements governing human-subject research improved during the decade—thanks to its improved and ongoing collaboration with investigators.


All talks on the medical campus will take place in Dominion Tower, room 300; on the Gables campus in the Shalala Student Center’s Vista Room; and on the RSMAS campus, in the auditorium. For a complete schedule of times and locations of Ethics and Compliance Week activities, view the flyer.