Most (71%) psychiatry trainees surveyed by Hodges disagreed that sales representatives should be banned from making presentations in their training programme4. Most directors of internal medicine residency programmes (67%) felt that the benefits of sales representatives outweighed the negative effects. Forty-two per cent felt that curtailing sales representative interactions with residents would jeopardize company sponsorship of other departmental activities14. Of the internal medicine faculty and residents surveyed by McKinney et al.16, 52% of faculty and 66% of residents agreed that presentations by sales representatives should be banned at their institutions.
CONCLUSION: Only three studies in the database address this question: some trainers and trainees do, others do not think that sales representatives should be banned, and qualitative studies would be needed to discover their reasons.