Misrepresentation of Publications Among Radiation Oncology Residency Applicants

Gary Y. Yang, Mary F. Schoenwetter, Timothy D. Wagner, Kathleen A. Donohue, Michael R. Kuettel

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Introduction: Authorship misrepresentations have been described for residency and fellowship applications for various medical specialties. This study assessed the prevalence of misrepresented publications in radiation oncology residency applications. Materials and Methods: The authors reviewed 117 applications to their residency program for a single 2004 position offered through the National Resident Matching Program. Publications listed on the applications were verified for accuracy, with the results and applicants' demographic information recorded. Results: A total of 49 applicants (42%) claimed authorship of published research citations. The number of published citations averaged 3.6 per applicant (range, 1-23). Of the applicants reporting citations, 22% (11 of 49) listed inaccurate citation information. Overall, 9% of the citations (15 of 174) were considered misrepresentations, with 9% of the total number of applicants (11 of 117) responsible for inaccurate bibliographies. There was a significant relationship of United States Medical Licensing Examination score with publication misrepresentation, in which those with scores of 235 or greater who listed publications were more than 7 times more likely to have inaccurately listed citations (odds ratio, 7.67; 95% confidence interval, 1.12-52.31; P = .04). Conclusion: The misrepresentation of bibliographic citations does exist among radiation oncology residency applicants. Using a comprehensive search, the authors found that 22% of those who had listed at least 1 article had misrepresented publications on their applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-264
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American College of Radiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Radiation oncology
  • applicants
  • misrepresentation
  • publications
  • residency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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