Medical School Dean Accused of Plagiarizing New Yorker Writer in Speech

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By Maryann Yin Comment

Students accused Philip Baker, the dean of medicine at the University of Alberta, of plagiarizing from a New Yorker writer in a speech.

According to CBC News Canada, Baker (pictured, via) copied a speech written by Harvard University surgery professor Atul Gawande. Gawande delivered “The Velluvial Matrix” at Stanford University’s June 2010 medical school commencement and published the speech in The New Yorker.

The Edmonton Journal reported: “In an apology letter to students Sunday, Dean Philip Baker admitted the theme and much of the content of his speech was similar to Gawande’s … In the letter, Baker goes on to apologize for failing to attribute the source and said he holds himself to the highest ethical standard. He says he apologized to Gawande, who was not upset by his use of the speech.”

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