DISHONEST HEALERS: A Deadly Game
The first year medical student looked worried, “I don’t know what to do. Most of my class is cheating and the teachers don’t do anything about it. I’ve been offered a preview of the exams for $100 each. The only way to compete with the cheaters is to cheat. But, people’s lives will depend on whether I really learn the material…”
“Massive amounts of cheating occur at this school. Entire exam halls full of people copying off people to the left, right, anywhere. All the professors know it. And nothing is ever done.” A nursing student posted this complaint on line.
“What’s your problem? This is how I got all my first author publications.” This astonishing statement was by a professor at a University of California medical school after a student from whom he tried to steal first authorship of a research paper challenged him.
What do these vignettes have in common? They point to a basic problem: a crisis in medicine and the related disciplines that stems from a lack of integrity in academia. In fact, cheating in medical schools is becoming almost commonplace, with 58% of students admitting to having indulged in academic dishonesty. A survey of nearly 2500 medical school students revealed that fully 39% claimed to have witnessed cheating. Orange County physician, Dr. Rita Ellithorpe, asserted that, in her experience, medical school was all about cheating. And it seems that some cheating students do not even think it is wrong.
Many of us are only alive because physicians did not cheat. Where UD news staff live, real physicians work 60 hours a week for middle class pay, fulfilling a high sense of duty. Saving lives.
Materialism does not work. Stop it before it affects you and your family and friends. Medicine should be one of the human race’s highest callings. Not just some materialist grab.