Fake med student cons patients, university
Mon, 15 Oct 2012 4:57p.m.
By 3 News online staff
The University of Auckland is investigating how a fake medical student managed to avoid detection since last year and took part in the dissection of bodies donated for medical research purposes.
The university issued a statement following inquiries by 3 News this afternoon.
“We are extremely concerned to discover that a person who applied for entry into the medical programme in 2010 and was unsuccessful has since been attending classes.
"Because of the size of the medical class, and by not submitting assessments or sitting tests, the individual was able to deceive classmates and teachers. Ultimately the presence of this person was detected when an assignment was submitted that did not match any name on the class list.”
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Dean, Professor John Fraser, says the university is taking the incident “very seriously”.
“This type of behaviour is extremely unusual and this is the first such instance in the 43-year history of the medical school,” he said.
An anonymous emailer claimed the student was taking part in a third-year hospital placement, which allowed him to have direct contact with patients, and take part in cadaver dissection labs.
The emailer claimed the student was also able to access confidential patient information, however Prof Fraser said the student has not been given any confidential or restricted training material and “has not, to our knowledge, ever been able to examine any patients or received confidential patient information”.
The university is believed to have issued a trespass notice against the fake student and is investigating how the student went undetected for so long.
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28/10/2012 7:19:51 a.m.
This man deserves to be a doctor.He has proven himself already that he loves Medicine by taking risk.He is indeed a Hero!.
18/10/2012 2:21:46 p.m.
Dr House wrote:
It reminds me the ambulance driver in Dr house TV series who knew more than actual doctors and got fired by House. lol
If somebody loves a profession and is very good at it, why not, better than GPs who just prescribe you paracetamol and Google search your symptoms when you tell them what's wrong.!!!!
This is hilarious
16/10/2012 3:20:01 p.m.
This story is exactly the same as the movie 'Nurse Betty' (fictional) starring Renée Zellweger (you may remember her in the successful 'Jerry McGuire' movie) ... Bet they'll be an MZ movie about this one too!
15/10/2012 11:48:51 p.m.
Auckland Medical School is a good medical school, but has some ridiculous systems in place.
What is also ridiculous and probably needs investigation is the way the medical students are awarded distinction in their final year. It is said that some non deserving medical students end up with the distinction. This "fake medical student" might have ended up getting a distinction if he or she could pull it off for another 3 years!
15/10/2012 11:32:49 p.m.
I think the UoA needs to start implementing student access cards for all students prior to entering each lecture. They do this in most universities in the developed world that have an open campus. And especially with specialist/professional degree courses. When we were at the UoA as students, our friends freely came to our lectures, and vice versa. No one cared!
15/10/2012 10:26:42 p.m.
Holy heck, he probably attended class more often than the official students. Bet the submitted assignment got an A!! Too funny, in a very, very scary way.
15/10/2012 9:57:23 p.m.
Was he any good?
15/10/2012 9:52:39 p.m.
Ah well, back to flying jumbo jets.
15/10/2012 9:50:07 p.m.
Cheap way to study medicine.... No student loan.
15/10/2012 7:29:46 p.m.
What a legend! You the man bro!
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