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Self-Reported Attitudes and Behaviors of General Surgery Residents about Ethical Academic Practices in Test Taking
Surgery
  • Valerie P. Grignol
  • Alyssa J. Gans, Wright State University
  • Branyan A. Booth
  • Ronald J. Markert, Wright State University
  • Paula M. Termuhlen, Wright State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
8-1-2010
Abstract

Background

A correlation exists between people who engage in academic dishonesty as students and unethical behaviors later as professionals. Academic dishonesty has been assessed among medical students, but not among general surgery residents. We sought to describe the attitudes of general surgery residents with regard to ethical practices in test taking. Methods

A survey with 4 scenarios describing activities related to examination taking that may or may not be considered unethical was administered. Participants were asked about participation in the activities—either personally or any knowledge of others—and whether the activities were unethical. Results

Fifty-seven of 62 residents (92%) participated. For each scenario, >70% indicated that neither they nor anyone else they knew had participated in the activities. Behaviors deemed unethical included memorizing or using memorized questions to prepare for future tests (52%), selling questions for financial gain (90%), and purchasing previously used questions (57%). No difference in attitudes was seen among incoming interns, junior-level (postgraduate year [PGY]1–3), or senior-level (PGY4–6) residents. Conclusion

Overall, general surgery residents indicated that they had not participated in activities they felt to be unethical. Defining what is unethical was less clear. This represents an area for further education.

DOI
10.1016/j.surg.2010.04.016
Citation Information
Valerie P. Grignol, Alyssa J. Gans, Branyan A. Booth, Ronald J. Markert, et al.. "Self-Reported Attitudes and Behaviors of General Surgery Residents about Ethical Academic Practices in Test Taking" Surgery Vol. 148 Iss. 2 (2010) p. 178 - 180 ISSN: 15327361
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alyssa_gans/2/