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February 25, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(8):588-589. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740080052020

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Charges of Fraud in Conduct of Examination for Internships  The alleged fraud connected with the competitive examination for internships continues to be the chief topic of medical discussion and to give rise to numerous articles by notable people in the daily press. A thorough inquiry has revealed that of 800 examination papers which, according to the regulations, should have been anonymous, 232 bore marks evidently designed to identify the authors. Only eighteen of the papers of the successful candidates bore such marks. As regards the 214 others, the attempt to commit fraud brought no results. Of the twelve interns mentioned who read to the judges the unsigned examination papers, two confessed having made some "ameliorations" in the text of certain of the candidates, but, they aver, only to correct mere slips of the pen, which would not have sufficed to make excellent papers out of those that were bad. As

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