Cheating Vs Collaboration: Professional Accountabl

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Cheating, or helping another cheat, and professional collaboration are two generally opposing ethics that are in a state of transition in light of new technological developments and methodologies in both instructional and actual situations. The antiquated teaching method of memorization and regurgitation is quickly falling by the wayside in modern scholastic environments. While there is some use for it in the early stages of training to "learn the language" of the field, that is where its usefulness ends. In the modern world, much more emphasis is being placed on collaborative education in order to prepare the student for the real world. Indeed, cheat-sheets, process improvement team methodology and knowledge sharing are the order of the day. Cheating in the modern scholastic system can only be accomplished when a student uses unauthorized materials to subvert a test. In collaborative learning, and in real life, there are very rarely any unauthorized materials.

Advances in medical science have, in fact, seemed to have changed medical education towards collaborative ethics rather than situations where cheating is even possible. With regards to cheating versus collaborative ethics, we are seeing a true evolution of the medical education process.

In a collaborative training situation, to prepare students for disaster response situations, a student team may be required to have each student perform a tracheotomy on a dummy with materials at hand specifically excluding a tracheotomy kit as an available tool. Cheating could only be accomplished if a tracheotomy kit were, in fact, used. In actual professional practice, however, you would be negligent if you did not use a tracheotomy kit if it were available. Such team-based teaching methodologies are increasingly necessary to provide students with the ability to learn teamwork, review results and attain practical knowledge. These methodologies generally preclude cheating and essentially render the very concept...