thanks for your input
I was caught for plagiarism.
So about 5 years ago (sophomore year) I was caught for plagiarism. It was complete negligence on my part for not correctly citing and paraphrasing ideas and concepts in my essay. I was a dumb sophomore at the time, who pulled an all nighter to finish the essay. Some sentences werent paraphrased correctly and I did forget to include foot notes, when in fact they were required. (although i did have a "references" page)
At one point after graduation, I was told that my disciplinary action file had been destroyed. So, I was debating on not even divulging this information on my med school apps. ...
Will this have any affect on my medical school applications? Has anyone been in my shoes and has successfully been accepted to medical school? What have some of you done in my situation? Should i even consider not including this in my appilcation? (after all my file has been destroyed.. it still doesnt make any sense to me why they would destroy someone's file)
Any additional advice or insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again!
I hate f***ing cheaters and i hope you get CAUGHT and KICKED out of med school.
Still, I guess check your transcript to be sure. If it comes up during interview don't deer-in-headlights them, just explain the situation and take responsibility. They surely won't think you were trying to hide it that way; after all what are you supposed to do, spend a paragraph on it in your ps? Not worth it.
haha . . . MLA, I can't remember the last time I had to use MLA style in a paper's citations. 11th grade? Maybe?
This is perhaps the most revealing word of the post.
I wouldn't report it. That's just my view. If you learned from the experience, move on.
Don't worry about honesty or integrity as it relates to your application at this stage. You will redefine these terms many times in your career.
Its been some years so correct me if Im wrong but isn't there a section on the AMCAS app. where it specifically asks if you have had any institutional actions taken against you? If you have, and you say "no" then you are a liar and I would not suggest this course even if it is not on your transcripts. If I am mistaken and the question is never asked then I don't think you have any responsibility to volunteer the information.
Bingo. I think the wording is something like "have you ever been the recipient of institutional action by any college or medical school for unacceptable performance or conduct violation...." QUOTE]
I interpret this statement as "do you know for 100% that there was an institutional action against you"? You don't know anything for 100%, so you go to your college dean/registrar/whatever and say "hello i am applying to medical school and for documentation purposes i would like to know whether there has ever been an institutional action against me?" If they say "yes, it's documented" then record it. If they say "no, not according to your file" then don't mention it. I wouldn't mention anything that is not documented because i think you need to have proof for something this important (regardless of what 'your feelings of truth and honesty' on the issue are). 'Institutional action' is a vague concept. Especially in medicine everything rests on documentation. If they eraced/destroyed documentation, you're under no moral obligation to mention it, and no one can fault you for doing so. If it ever comes up, you can say, I contacted my school officials and they reported no action against me (you can even request a formal written statement if this concerns you).
If they eraced/destroyed documentation, you're under no moral obligation to mention it, and no one can fault you for doing so. If it ever comes up, you can say, I contacted my school officials and they reported no action against me (you can even request a formal written statement if this concerns you).