Letters Cheating in medical school exams

Why students might find it difficult to recognise “cheating”

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4770 (Published 08 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4770
  1. Kathleen Collins, clinical teaching fellow1,
  2. Scott W Oliver, clinical teaching fellow1
  1. 1Postgraduate Office, Ronald Miller Education Centre, Wishaw General Hospital, Wishaw ML2 0DP, UK
  1. kathleen.collins2{at}nhs.net

We agree that “cheating” extends far beyond simple plagiarism in coursework or examinations but do not believe that its definition includes students simply benefitting from colleagues sharing their experiences.1

We are familiar with the phenomenon of students reproducing questions after leaving the examination hall.1 Anecdotally, we believe this is actively encouraged by some providers …

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