Honesty

February 21, 2012

The New York Times reported that the football coach at Yale University resigned because his resume had said that he had been a candidate for a Rhodes scholarship which was false. The media checked into his claims and found the Rhodes scholarship program did not have a record of his application. The football coach, later said in a statement that he had never applied for the Rhodes scholarship. For this individual, a promising career is now derailed because of a false claim on a resume.

As per ERAS, you must “Ensure that the information provided is accurate and truthful” on your application.

At the end of your ERAS application you must certify the following statement:
“I certify that the information contained within the MyERAS application is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I understand that any false or missing information may disqualify me from consideration for a position; may result in an investigation by the AAMC; may also result in expulsion from ERAS; or if employed, may constitute cause for termination from the program.”

The message is, be careful what you list in your application. Make sure everything that you state is absolutely true. You don’t want something in your application to derail your career.

Be sure that your publications (if you have them) are listed properly.

Publications can be listed as published, in press or accepted. Some also list submitted papers. If the publication is not a basic science or clinical science study, you should make it clear that the publication is a letter to the editor, a case report or an abstract that was presented. Make sure the author list is correct and in the correct order. Only list your name if it appears on the publication as an author. If you were acknowledged but are not listed as an author do not represent yourself as an author. You can state in the description of the research that your efforts were acknowledged in the publication. Publications are easy to verify – make sure yours are correct.

The views expressed in this post are those of Kenneth Christopher, MD and do not necessarily reflect the views of Dr. Christopher’s employer Partners HealthCare.

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