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Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 34, Issue 11, pp 2329–2330 | Cite as

Rate of Plagiarism in Personal Comments Essays of Applicants to a US Allopathic Medical School: an Observational Study

  • Linda S. NieldEmail author
  • Manuel C. Vallejo
  • Anna M. Lama
  • Kristopher K. Yoon
  • Alyson S. Carpenter
  • Christina M. Baker
  • Gerald R. Hobbs
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INTRODUCTION

Plagiarism is one type of a professionalism breach, and it has been reported to occur in the personal statements of residency applicants.1, 2 As there is no information in the literature about plagiarism in the personal comments essays of medical school applicants, the purpose of this study is to determine the rate of plagiarism in the personal comments essays of applications to an allopathic medical school in the United States (US).

METHODS

This study was approved by the West Virginia University (WVU) Institutional Review Board. Personal comments essays had to be submitted to the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) for the WVU School of Medicine (WVU SoM) from 2012 to 2017 for inclusion. Essays of students enrolled at WVU SoM were excluded. The plagiarism detection software, Turnitin (Oakland, CA, USA), which contains a database of approximately 70 billion resources and effectively detects exactly matching written content 3was used to screen for...

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they do not have a conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda S. Nield
    • 1
    Email author
  • Manuel C. Vallejo
    • 1
  • Anna M. Lama
    • 1
  • Kristopher K. Yoon
    • 2
  • Alyson S. Carpenter
    • 1
  • Christina M. Baker
    • 1
  • Gerald R. Hobbs
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medical EducationWest Virginia University School of MedicineMorgantown WVUSA
  2. 2.Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of MedicineUniversity of California Los AngelesLos Angeles CAUSA

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