Plagiarism in graduate medical education

Fam Med. 2007 Jun;39(6):436-8.


The act of overt plagiarism by graduates of accredited residency programs represents a failure in personal integrity. It also indicates a lack of professionalism, one of the six Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) competencies for graduate medical education. A recent experience at one geriatric fellowship indicates that the problem of plagiarism may be more prevalent than previously recognized. A situation was discovered at the geriatric medicine fellowship at Florida Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program in Orlando, Fla, in which three of the personal statements included in a total of 26 applications to the fellowship in the past 2 years contained portions plagiarized from a single Web site. The aim in documenting this plagiarism is to raise awareness among medical educators about the availability of online sources of content and ease of electronic plagiarism. Some students and residents may not recognize copying other resources verbatim as plagiarism. Residency programs should evaluate their own need for education about plagiarism and include this in the training of the competency of professionalism.

MeSH terms

  • Accreditation / standards
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / ethics
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / standards*
  • Family Practice / education*
  • Fellowships and Scholarships / standards*
  • Florida
  • Geriatrics / education*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Internship and Residency / ethics
  • Internship and Residency / standards*
  • Job Application
  • Motivation
  • Plagiarism*
  • Professional Misconduct*
  • School Admission Criteria