Michael Kirsch, MD
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Kirsch M. Plagiarism in Residency Application Essays. Ann Intern Med. 2010;153:765. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-153-11-201012070-00017
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2010;153(11):765.
TO THE EDITOR:
A recent editorial (1) commented on an article (2) about plagiarism in residency application essays. The researchers reported that at least 5% of personal statements included copied material. One could argue that plagiarism should bar entry into a profession that properly regards high ethical standards and behavior as core professional values.
Medical residency program applicants who become practicing physicians will face a barrage of conflicts of interest and must have a sturdy ethical rudder to navigate around them. Applicants who become scientific investigators will be charged to serve as guardians of the truth, not of their careers or incomes. Because integrity is so fundamental to the medical profession, we must insist on the highest standards of applicants who seek to enter it and of its members.
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