Cheating at medical school: reprobates or victims
Perhaps the system is at fault
- By: Jason O'Neale Roach
After cheating in her finals exam, a student at the Royal Free and University College London Medical School was allowed to qualify as a doctor this year.1 An anonymous letter arrived at the BMJ two weeks ago, detailing the event, which we later confirmed with the school. The student had indeed been caught with an Oxford Clinical Handbook two minutes before her long case finals exam. She did not go unpunished. The distinction and prizes she was due to receive were revoked, but she was allowed to graduate with her year.
Other students were not informed of the incident, although the anonymous letter we received proved that rumours had already spread. The author(s) of the letter were primarily concerned about why the student had still been allowed to qualify. The decision ultimately lay with the disciplinary board, but the concern expressed in this letter raises the question-was covering up the