Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Quandary in Sweden: Criminals in Med School

Few articles have made me more irate than the one I recently read in the New York Times about a Swedish convicted murderer who is currently attending medical school. My main gripe is that this student, who falsified his academic records, took the place of someone who is much more worthy and capable of becoming a medical doctor than he is. This article fails to highlight that only 3% of students who apply to medical school in Sweden are accepted, and this ex-con should not be one of the lucky few. I appreciated many of the comments that New York Times' readers shared, but the question here is not whether a convicted felon should be permitted to practice medicine, rather, the question is whether a taxpayer funded university should admit a completely unqualified applicant who also has a serious criminal record.

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