Medical Students’ Cheating and Its Implication on Their Professionalism


  • Claire Junga Kim
  • Kyungsuk Choi


Medical students are more prone to be in vulnerable situation for cheating. Their cheating has graver implications than that of laypersons. Their cheating ends up with deterioration of their integrity, failure to exercise their autonomy, incurrence of less- qualified physicians, and undesirable relationship among future coworkers. In this sense, it is direly needed to take a close look at the contexts and reasons of their cheating to improve the situation. Complex matters are involved in medical students’ cheating, such as students’ false rationalization and the psychology of students that makes them blind to their obligation. Therefore, improving external factors would not be sufficient. Rather, approaching to cheating issues in terms of professionalism education will bring about significant effect on medical students. Faculty members should utilize the exam as learning opportunity where students can experience professional virtues. Additional advantages are also expected, such as reaching the consensus in professional virtues and finding the proper teaching materials for pre-clinical period.

Author Biographies

Claire Junga Kim

  • Student in Master. ph.D joint Course, School of Medicine, Ewha Womans University, Korea

Kyungsuk Choi

  • School of Law, Ewha Womans University, Korea






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