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Why medical students in China fake their way to a doctor's license

'Registration institutions' help candidates get around exam requirements

Students line up for the first day of China's national college entrance examinations in Beijing in 2021. Those pursuing a bachelor's degree in clinical medicine or higher need at least five years of university study and three years of standardized training before they are allowed to work as a doctor.   © AP

Clinical studies graduate student Liang Feng decided to use forged documents to take the national physician licensing exam after discovering she was not eligible because she had not spent a year on probation at a medical facility. Liang paid 8,000 yuan ($1,180) to an institution that took care of everything, including creating a fake probationary certificate and a registration form.

"It was like I borrowed someone else's body," the resident of south China's Guangdong province told Caixin, explaining that the school, degree and workplace on the registration form were false. She used the fake documents to pass the necessary pre-exam inspection.

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