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Study: Many doctors have ‘mistakes’ on their resumes

Ever wonder how honest your doctor was regarding his or her qualifications and training? Because you should.

A recent study found that as many as 30% of doctors applying to obstetrics training programs made some “mistakes” about their credentials on their applications. Specifically, they took credit for being published in research journals that don’t appear to actually exist.

And many of those who had confirmed research published wrongly identified basic research and papers as a much more rigorous “peer-reviewed” study.

Those results are in line with similar prior studies in other specialties.

The researchers who conducted the study said that they hoped many of the errors were just that — honest mistakes — and not an attempt to embellish their credentials. But even in the best case scenario, such sloppiness and/or confusion from highly trained people who are charged with life-or-death decisions is troubling.

In the worst case, the docs assumed they could pull a fast one to make their application more impressive — and they may have succeeded.

The study was published in the most recent issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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