Medical students see that academic misconduct is common

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7297.1307 (Published 26 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1307
  1. Gunther Eysenbach (ey@yi.com), researcher
  1. Department of Clinical Social Medicine, University of Heidelberg, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany

    EDITOR—Rennie and Crosby found that the threshold for cheating is low among medical students.1 In an accompanying editorial Glick commented that a “pervasive institutional culture of integrity is essential” to encourage professional conduct and minimise fraud.2 Academics should be a role model in terms of good scientific practice, but we are far from this ideal.

    In 2000 I introduced into the curriculum a seminar for fifth year medical students. We discussed principles of scientific integrity, according to guidelines of the German research …

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