Plagiarism Found in Residency Applications

Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media , July 21, 2010

"Another factor is that we don't know what kind of advice applicants are getting from their teachers or mentors—who themselves may be giving imprudent or ill-informed advice about writing essays," he says.

Overall, plagiarism in the applications was found among all the  specialties studied and from applicants of all medical school types—even among those with significant academic honors, the researchers concluded. In the long run, they suggested that "a concerted, nationwide effort to detect and deter such plagiarism is warranted."


Janice Simmons is a senior editor and Washington, DC, correspondent for HealthLeaders Media Online. She can be reached at jsimmons@healthleadersmedia.com.

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