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You are asked to make a presentation, working alongside two students from freshman year (you are a junior). Both of the freshman students seem apathetic with regard to the task. They offer little input and expect you to complete it. You are aware that other juniors in your position have simply reported the freshman and done the task themselves.

How would you address the juniors here?

I would ask to speak to both of the freshmen together, in person, and raise my concerns. I’d explain the situation clearly; that they don’t seem to be engaged, and that they haven’t given enough input. I’d explain that I felt I was handling the task alone. I’d ask if there was something I could do to engage them more, or something that was holding them back from engaging; I’d understand that I needed to work with them and empathise with them in order to bring them on-side. It’s understandable that freshmen might not be as concentrated as more senior years.

Who suffers if you simply tell the juniors that you will do the project yourself?

This action might seem to be ‘kind’ to the juniors as it allows them to take time off, but such a view is very shortsighted. Undertaking this project is part of their development – they’ll learn new information that might be important to them as they progress through their course, but also learn about the importance of teamwork, and how to research and present.

Equally, if you do the entire project yourself, and don’t lead the juniors, you lose the chance to develop your leadership and communication skills.

How would this situation be different if the other students were in your year?

If the other students were in my year I’d expect us to work together and treat one another as having equal responsibility (unless we decided on a leader together, for example). I’d therefore be more surprised if they neglected to undertake the work. I’d still wish to communicate with them and address the situation, as I’d need more context – for example they might be facing personal problems. However, I would impress upon them the importance of them taking responsibility for the project and looking to lead as well; whereas with the younger students the objective is simply to help them realise why they ought to carry out the work and partake in the project.

Your friend Bobbie has recently found out that your human biology teacher is using questions from an old textbook in the library when setting tests. He’s taken to learning the answers to each chapter’s questions before, and his marks have improved dramatically in the past few weeks.

What would you do in this situation?

In this situation, I would recognise that Bobbie’s actions could be seen as cheating. This is a complex situation, as he has taken something that is open-access, and that theoretically any student could access, and used it to his advantage. However, from the fact that the teacher is using this book to set tests, and assuming the tests are closed-book, it seems fair to assume that the teacher is not expecting students to have found the questions elsewhere and been able to prepare. I would therefore encourage Bobbie to be honest with the teacher, and explain the situation. I doubt he would be in trouble, and it’s likely that his honesty would be seen favourably.

Imagine that you’d realised this yourself. How would you have acted?

We must be realistic and admit that it would be tempting to use the book, and guarantee ourselves good grades. However, doing so might mean that we learn topics superficially – we’d look at the questions and find the answers, rather than learning the topic properly. More importantly, it gives us an unfair advantage over other students. Whether or not it is ‘ cheating,’ it’s clearly not fair. I would therefore, after due thought, tell the teacher that I had found the book. I believe it would be unrealistic to think that I could find the book and simply discard it; more honest and reliable would be to tell the teacher as soon as possible so that they could adjust their questions – and I could still use the book for my learning as I had originally intended.

Is Bobbie cheating? Why, or why not?

As outlined above, Bobbie could be seen as cheating because he has found an unfair advantage over other students, that is allowing him to reach a level that he would not if he worked in the way that the other students are working. I would personally argue that his actions constitute cheating – at the very least they are rather dishonest to the other students and to the teacher. 

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Select which characteristic you value more:

Rural Medicine vs Innovation

This question should be relatively straightforward, depending on the schools that you’ve applied to. As with other questions involving innovation, science, technology or focus on research, you should be able to rationalise whether the schools you’re applying to are more focused on this domain, or more focused on rural medicine, underserved populations, etc. Of course, no schools will focus entirely in one area, and you will be aware of that; but as an example, let’s consider the University of North Dakota School of Medicine. They state that their goal is to ‘educate physicians and other health professionals for subsequent service in North Dakota and to enhance the quality of life in North Dakota. Other purposes include the discovery of knowledge that benefits the people of this state and enhances the quality of their lives.’ It would therefore be fair to assume that rural Medicine is an important focus of the school, and whilst they will wish to innovate, you’d be better choosing rural Medicine than innovation here. In contrast, if we were to consider Johns Hopkins medical school, their focus is very clearly on innovation and progress, and they have a significantly lesser focus on rural Medicine. You’ll need to consider what kind of schools you’ve applied to and where their focus here is likely to lie; this should be a little clearer with a question like this than with some others.

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