The New Zealand man wasn't detected because he didn't write exams or hand in assignments
A man in New Zealand really wanted to be a doctor. He didn't get in to Auckland University's medical program, but that didn't stop him. Instead of trying to apply later or apply to a different school, he started attending classes, labs and interacting with patients using a forged ID badge.
According to The New Zealand Herald, the man attended the school undetected since 2010 and was only just caught because a classmate wrote his name on a group assignment.
A source who wished to remain anonymous told the paper the man didn't write exams or submit assignment so his name couldn't be cross-referenced with class lists, which he wasn't on. He did talk to patients, but didn't treat them. The source didn't know how he was able to get behind doors that are swipe card controlled.
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This went on for two years until a lab partner wrote his name down, even though he asked his partners not to.
"Because of the size of the medical class, and by not submitting assessments or sitting tests, the individual was able to deceive classmates and teachers," said Professor John Fraser, dean of the faculty of medical and health sciences, to the Herald. "We are investigating how this has happened and reviewing all procedures. The university is taking this very seriously."
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In collecting evidence, the university has learned the man didn't have any one-on-one contact with patients and said he wouldn't have been able to hide when the class split into smaller groups in third year.
The Herald reports the man's classmates were shocked.
"They all had no idea of the level of duplicity that this individual proved capable of," said Associate Professor Warwick Bagg.
University authorities have issued a trespassing notice against the man and are considering further action, but have not yet gone to the police.
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