So we're (students, and student council) are trying to decide whether or not to obtain funding from drug companies for academic (e.g., pharmacology lectures, board review for biochemistry, etc) or social (e.g., "Pfizer Night at Boston Billiards!") events. I have two questions for SDN'ers: 1) Do you think this is appropriate? For social or academic-type events? Why or why not? (I'm interested especially in the "why not" comments.) 2) Are drug companies involved in sponsoring events for students at the medical school you attend? I'm interested specifically in whether or not they fund events for first or second year students -- e.g., orientation events, giving out pharmacology textbooks, free drink nights, etc. (Drug company presence seems to be ubiquitous on the wards -- if they treat residents or attendings, third year and fourth year students are right there beside them.) Thanks, -a.