Sydney university to review medical study unit

The medical faculty at the University of Sydney will review one of its study units after an academic scandal which involved students falsifying records and interviewing dead patients, write Natalie O'Brien and Alexandra Smith for The Sydney Morning Herald.

A spokeswoman for the university announced it would review its year-long Integrated Population Medicine, a unit of study in the Sydney Medical Programme provided by the university's School of Public Health, after it was revealed students had falsified reports that were supposed to document the experience of patients living with chronic diseases. It came to light when university staff tried to contact a patient to thank them for their involvement, only to find out they were dead.

The revelations about the medical school have brought mixed reactions from medical students who claim the unit was flawed, and from the medical fraternity, some of whom said it raised wider ethical issues. A spokeswoman for the Australian Medical Association said it was "a matter between Sydney University and its students".
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