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Ethics and medical school written on Sunday February 19, 2012

I find it interesting that the instructor for our medical ethics lecture was struck off the UK Medical Register after two years worth of his own ethical indiscretions though none of these were mentioned in the lecture. In fact, as I remember it, not only were the particulars of his own problems not mentioned, but it was not really mentioned that what he did was specifically wrong for a physician. Though, his misdeeds were in the realm of what should be considered a bad idea despite a person’s profession. I do not include the link as it is not my duty to air others’ dirty laundry, though the text of his censure is freely available (as is necessary for the public good). I am particularly interested in understanding why an otherwise promising physician would throw it all away for what does not seem like it would be worth throwing away a career. My guess is that it was because of conceit, a feeling that he could do anything he wanted with impunity. This opinion, though, is merely informed by being his student and knowing the impetuousness of youth.

Another thing that I find interesting is that it seems like my fellow students are unable to use the Google for research, is this a common occurrence? It was brought up the other day that, "Nobody knows why he is no longer a physician," despite the fact that the dean of medicine regularly calls him Mr. <blank> and he has earned a medical degree in his home country. Armed with only his name and the fact that he practiced, at some point, in the UK, I was able to find his censure quickly, on the order of five to seven minutes. For relatively young people, aged between 21 and 32 (I left out two outliers who are not relevant to this discussion) who grew up in the US or in Canada being able to call up even advanced information on a search engine should be a particularly trivial matter. I would understand if the older students were unable to as they have not necessarily grown up in the presence of computers for much of their lives, but for those born in the 1980s or 1990s, there is no excuse for not being able to find information that he or she is looking for, assuming that it is actually published. One student even mentioned that she looked for the information, on the website that I found it at. The site, in non-cryptic text, lists the link necessary to check on the status of a physicians licensure.

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