Scottish medical students accept acts of academic misconduct
- By: Stephen Goldie
Medical students think it is acceptable to forge signatures, pass off previous work as new, and falsify patients' information, researchers from the University of Dundee have found.
The study published in the Journal of Medical Ethics is based on data collected in 1999 at the University of Dundee. A total of 676 medical students representing all five years of medical school received questionnaires, and 461 (68%) completed the anonymous forms.
It assessed their attitudes to 14 scenarios in which fictitious student, “John,” engaged in dishonest behaviour. Students were asked whether they found John's actions to be wrong, answering “yes,” “not sure,” or “no.”
Results showed that, for most of the scenarios, there was no statistically significant difference in the response between the years or between male and female students. But there was a significant difference between first and final year students in scenarios involving forging signatures, resubmitting work already completed