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Act with honesty and integrity

  1. 72. Doctors hold a trusted position in society and must make sure their conduct – both professionally and personally – justifies their patients’ trust in them and the public’s trust in the profession.
  2. 73. As a student aiming to join a trusted profession, you have to meet a higher standard of behaviour than other students, who are on courses that don’t directly lead to joining a profession.

Practical tip #11: How can I demonstrate honesty?

You must behave honestly from the point that you apply to medical school, during your studies and when you start working as a doctor.

Here are some practical things you must do to demonstrate you are honest in your work as a medical student.

  • Don’t pass off the work of others as your own. This is plagiarism.
  • Don’t self-plagiarise by submitting your own previously assessed work.
  • Be honest about your experience and qualifications. This means you must not give your supervisors or teachers any misleading or false information about your qualifications or experience, or include such information in documents such as CVs and job applications.
  • When you carry out research, make sure you report findings accurately and truthfully.
  • Be honest and trustworthy in all your communications with patients and colleagues. This means you must make clear the extent of your knowledge and check that the information you provide is correct.
  • Be open and truthful about your health and make use of the processes put in place by your medical school to support you.
  • Be honest in the work you submit as part of your course. This means you must not claim to have done something, like a practical procedure on a clinical placement, if you have not.
  • Don’t say you have attended teaching sessions if you haven’t. And don’t ask another student to sign in for you.
  • Be honest and open in any financial and commercial dealings with employers, insurers and other organisations and individuals.