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January 13th, 2012
01:26 PM ET

Exclusive: Doctors cheated on exams

Have radiologists routinely cheated for years on medical exams to get board-certified by getting the actual answers in advance? That’s what a doctor at renowned military hospital alleges has been going on for at least a decade. He provided CNN with several years of what’s known as “recalls” – the actual questions and answers from real exams.

Here’s how it works – right after the test is completed, the test taker immediately writes down the questions and answers. These are compiled and shared with other residents who will be taking the test.

CNN's Drew Griffin investigates the use of “recall exams” by radiology residents – a practice the American Board of Radiology calls cheating.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. BR

    I am an Emergency Medicine (EM) trained & boarded physician & faculty working at an EM residency. I have never heard of ANY EM resident or EM boarded physician using recall questions or any other methods to cheat on the written test.

    I am responsible for my patients lives. If I were not sufficiently trained to practice, I would not want to practice medicine. I would rather fail than practice unprepared. I would hope that most doctors feel the same way.

    January 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
  2. Peter Miron-Conk

    What is the difference between this and the use of practice tests which are used to prepare for SAT exam, Real Estate license exams, Registered nursing boards and many, many other tests.

    January 17, 2012 at 2:07 am |
  3. K. Gallagher

    Given the importance of the testing to certify that radiologists are competent, it would seem that the test administrators have a responsibility to write a new test each time it is being given and to schedule the testing at various locations at the same time. As a former teacher, I know this is difficult, but given the widespread use of past tests, it is necessary and should have been done long before this.

    January 15, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
  4. David Work

    You need to check out Dr, Rand Paul, US Senator on his use of an invented Board Specialty in Ophthalmology for his own use prior to his election as a US Senator. Check Google and note the article in the Louisville Courier Journal---a new version of Ethics from the younger preacher on virtue and liberty !.

    January 13, 2012 at 10:58 pm |