Danielle (who are first year medical students). They both are taking an exam and Joe
has witnessed Danielle cheating via-text messages on her phone and is unsure of what to
do. With the faculty being aware of current student cheating and encouraging students to
report the names of the wrongdoers, he is burdened and angry that he has witnessed this
taking place but does not know if he should report her to the faculty, or if he should take
personal responsibility and approach her himself. In addition you also have commentary
by Veronica Catenese (a current doctor) and Paul Aronson( current medical student),
who give their opinions on the subject from two different perspectives.
In Veronica’s case she takes an approach in which the student should confront the
cheater and express the concerns of them cheating in class. She states that if a medical
student in class is cheating and you are aware, it’s as much your ethical duty to confront
them as it’s the facultys. Although I can understand her opinion and in a different world
she may be correct, I have to respectfully disagree. In today’s society reporting a fellow
student to faculty because of cheating is not looked at highly by your peers. Sure you
may be helping them in the long run by forcing to actually study, but you can also lose
the respect and trust of some of your fellow students. No one likes to be called a
“snitch” and that label can ultimately make your learning experience a little
uncomfortable. I think that’s why a lot of people just avoid it altogether and let the
faculty deal with it.
Paul Aronson’s opinion is very similar to Veronica’s although he stops short of
saying that one should take it upon themselves confront the cheaters. He does say that
it’s a medical and ethical duty as a practicing physician to report it...