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Medical students say they were forced to wet themselves to avoid being disqualified from online exam

Final year medical students say they were forced to wet themselves to avoid being disqualified from online exam

  • Medical students claim to have wet themselves to avoid exam disqualification 
  • Students across the country were sitting the UK Foundation Programme exam 
  • The online examination was being taken on the Pearson Vue system

A number of final year medical students claim they were forced to wet themselves during their doctoral exam to avoid being disqualified from the online test.

The Doctor’s Association UK (DAUK) has stepped in to represent the students following a string of complaints to the UK Foundation Programme (UKFPO) over the way they handled the virtual exams.

The UKFPO exam in December was being sat by students across the country using the Pearson Vue system – a secure online testing programme. 

The complaints include one student who claims they were disqualified for going to the toilet, despite trying to contact the exam invigilator multiple times without hearing back.

A number of final year medical students around the country claim they were forced to wet themselves during their doctoral exam to avoid being disqualified from the online test (stock image)

While other students claim they were forced to ‘urinate’ in their seats in order to avoid being disqualified. 

Other students allege they were disqualified from their exams for answering a call during their exam, believing the caller to be an invigilator.

Another pupil claims their exam was revoked for using blank paper and another claims they were disqualified for putting on a jumper.

While other students claim their exams were revoked for turning off a noisy clock and for playing a multimedia question aloud rather than through headphones. 

One anonymous medical student took to Twitter to share the treatment some students were subject to during their exams.

Tweeting on January 21, the student said: ‘Final year UK med student here. Going public with some experiences of a compulsory online exam.

‘Summary: students threatened with disqualification from becoming doctors (in a pandemic) due to problems with online exams (incl. some being forced to urinate in their seats).’

The anonymous medical student wrote: ‘Another student’s exam was revoked after he tried to contact the proctor numerous times to request to use the toilet, he was ignored, and then did so anyway to avoid wetting himself.

One anonymous medical student took to Twitter to share the treatment some students were subject to during their exams and others were quick to share their own experiences

One anonymous medical student took to Twitter to share the treatment some students were subject to during their exams and others were quick to share their own experiences

‘Multiple other students in this position did not have their exams revoked because they chose to urinate in their seats. I can’t imagine how demeaning and humiliating this must be.’

‘I was made aware of many similar cases. Other causes of revoked exams have included putting on a jumper, turning around to turn off a noisy clock, receiving a cold call through a ‘safe exam browser’ (Candidate thought it was the invigilator) and playing a multimedia video question out loud (instead of via headphones).’

The student also said that the UKFPO should issue an apology for the way they allegedly treated some of the students. 

On behalf of the DAUK, Medical Student Representatives Freya Rhodes and Anna Sigston have written a letter to the UKFPO and Pearson Vue outlining the concerns of many students, asking for both organisations to respond to the complaints. 

A number of professional doctors responded to the claims on Twitter, with Dr Meenal Viz saying: ‘I’ve heard many similar cases and I’m so, so sorry that our medical students are wetting themselves as part of a test to assess their judgement in medical ethics.

‘Clearly something is badly, badly wrong. We can’t treat our future doctors like this. During a pandemic, no less.’

While celebrity doctor Ranj Singh, who works at London’s St George’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals said: ‘Will be looking into this and rectifying it asap? It’s disgusting and shameful to treat students like this.’

Dr Kit Byatt added: ‘It is embarrassing to see adult professionals (never mind future colleagues) treated like this. More strength to your elbow & hang on in there – right behind you in this.’ 

While geriatric & internal medicine trainee Vicky Gibson responded to the claims by alleging: ‘In my specialty exam run by Pearson VUE, I had to beg to be allowed to take a bottle of water into a three hour exam in a hot room when I was pregnant. Others weren’t so fortunate.’

Responding to the claims, Dr Mike Masding MA(Ed) FRCP, Co-Chair UKFPO & Lead HEE Foundation School Director said: ‘Out of 8000 UKFPO applicants a small number (less than 0.25% of the Cohort) were disqualified by the testing invigilator for prohibited actions. 

‘We are working with individual applicants whose tests were discontinued and where appropriate will offer the option to re-book. 

‘All applicants were given guidance in advance of the test but we will continue to work with partners to review the process and ensure all applicants are fully supported.’

MailOnline has contacted Pearson Vue for comment. 

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Farmers’ tractor rally: Delhi Police asks commuters to avoid affected routes on Republic Day

New Delhi, January 25 

The Delhi Traffic Police on Monday asked commuters to avoid routes where protesting farmers will conduct their tractor parade on Republic Day.

The farmers’ tractor rally will be taken out on Tuesday from three borders of the national capital, and the traffic will remain affected on these routes, police said.

“The first rally will start from Singhu Border to Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar, DTU, Shahabad Dairy, Barwala Village, Pooth Khurd Village, Kanjhawala T-Point, Kanjhawala Chowk, Kutubgarh, Auchandi Border and Kharkhoda Toll Plaza.

“The traffic going towards NH-44 and GT Karnal Road will be diverted from Singhu Shani Mandir, Ashok Farm/Janti Tall, Hamidpur, Sunderpur Majra, Zindopur Mukhmelpur, Kadipur, Kushak Colony, Mukarba Chowk and GTK Depot,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Meenu Chowdhary said.

The traffic going towards Bawana Road will be diverted from Jail Road, KNK Marg, G3S Mall, Madhuban Chowk, Rohini East Metro Station, Rithala Chowk, Pansali Chowk, Helipad T-Point, Utsav Road, DSIIDC Road Sector-4, Narela Bawana Road, Chitra Dharam Kanta, DSIIDC roundabout and Jhanda Chowk, police said, adding that the traffic going towards Kanjhawala Road will be diverted from Karala, Kanjhawala Village, Jaunti Toll and Qutubgarh- Garhi Road.

The second rally of farmers will start from Tikri Border and pass through Nangloi, Baprola Village and Najafgarh, excluding Phirni Road, Jharoda Border, Rohtak Bypass (Bahadurgarh) and Asoda Toll Plaza, Chowdhary said.

Police said the traffic will be diverted from different points.

Traffic will not be allowed to enter on Rohtak road from Kirari mor and will be diverted towards Mangol puri. It will also be diverted from Ghevra mor towards Khanjawala, they said.

The Ghazipur border rally will reach some parts of NH-24 from where it will take a right turn to Road Number 56, ISBT Anand Vihar, Apsara Border, Hapur Road, Bhopura, IMS College, Lal Kuan and Ghazipur Border, police said.

No commercial vehicles and buses will be allowed on NH-24 and DND from Ring Road. Traffic on NH-24 from Nizamuddin Khatta side will be diverted on Pusta Road near Akshardham and Mother Dairy Road. No traffic will be allowed towards NH-24 from paper market, they said.

No traffic will be allowed towards Road Number 56 from Hasanpur Depot, Patparganj Industrial Area, Ashoka Niketan, Vivekanand Mahila College, ITI College and Ram Mandir Vivek Vihar, police said.

Arrangements have been made to manage traffic on these routes starting Monday evening. Motorists are advised to avoid the routes of ‘kisan tractor rally’, police said.

On Sunday, the Delhi Police had said the farmers’ proposed tractor rally would start after the end of Republic Day celebrations.

Barricades and other security arrangements will be removed and the farmers will enter the national capital. Later, they will return to their destinations after covering a “respectable” distance, police had said.

The Delhi Police has also spoken to their counterparts in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh regarding the arrangements.

Police had said that the tractor rally will be held on January 26 and there will be no disturbance of the Republic Day celebration and security arrangements. The routes will cover over 100 km of distance in the national capital.

The Republic Day parade will start from Vijay Chowk. The wreath laying function at the National War Memorial will take place at 9 am. — PTI

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They demand that ICE comply with Biden’s order to avoid deportation of Honduran from the Bronx | The State

Relatives of Javier Castillo Maradiaga and pro-immigrant activists demanded compliance with the executive order of President Joe Biden that put a stop to deportations, which would prevent the Honduran from being sent to their country this Monday.

Castillo, 27, a resident of the New York county of The Bronx, was brought to this country when he was 7 years old and has been in a detention center in Louisiana for 14 months.

The Honduran, who qualifies for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, in which his sister Dariela Moncada participates, is one of a group of immigrants who are expected to be deported at two in the morning of that Monday .

This week new President Biden signed an executive order putting a high of 100 days to deportations, with a few exceptions.

Although the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) assured New York Channel 11 that they respect the executive order, Castillo’s defense affirmed that the deportation order is still in force for this Monday.

“My son belongs to this country,” said his mother, whose name was not indicated, during a demonstration in support of the immigrant in the plaza. Foley Square in Manhattan, steps from ICE headquarters in New York.

He then asked “since when is ensuring the welfare and future of our children a crime? If it’s a crime, I’m going to do it again ”·

Moncada, who was holding a sign with the message “free my son” while other protesters held photos of Javier, also addressed politicians to affirm that “we want answers, not promises.”

“The only crime we have committed (by emigrating to the US) is wanting a better future and being useful to this country that has adopted us,” said the woman, a front-line employee who works cleaning a hospital, what he did during the covid-19 pandemic.

“I want to ask all mothers how it feels not to be able to give their son a hug in 14 months, not to give him a word of encouragement if he feels bad,” he said.

The new congressman for the Bronx Ritchie Torres wrote a letter to Immigration, concerned about the future of the Honduran, also points out Pix 11.


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10 foods and drinks to avoid if you want to lose weight | The State

Diet is the key to maintaining or losing weight. Reduce or avoid certain foods and drinks not only favors one weightloss, it also helps to be healthier since its consumption increases the risk of diseases.

1. Soft drinks

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Sugary drinks, such as sodas, tonics, lemonade, sweetened powdered drinks, sports and energy drinks, are a great source of calories and added sugar. In a 12-ounce soda there is between 7 to 10 teaspoons of added sugar.

In addition to weight gain, the Harvard Nutrition Source notes that routine consumption of sugary drinks can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases.

Diet sodas would not be the solution as they tend to stimulate the appetite for other sweet foods high in carbohydrates.

2. French fries

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Fried foods such as French fries have a high in calories, salt and fat Not healthy. And if that was not enough, potatoes raise blood glucose more than table sugar, that effect can cause people to feel hungry again shortly after eating, which can lead to overeating.

3. White bread, cakes and cookies

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The breads made with refined flour, like white bread, they contain little fiber and have a high glycemic index which favors being overweight.

The excess sugar in the bloodstream is stored in the body as fat. High blood glucose also makes you hungrier, which can result in overeating and increased caloric intake later in the day.

4. Fruit juices

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Unlike whole fruits, juices, even though they are 100% fruit, are not the best addition to your diet. As they lack fiber, they raise blood sugar levels quickly.

The average 12-ounce soda contains approximately 35 to 45 grams of sugar. The same amount of orange juice is about 30 grams; apple juice provides about 40 grams and pomegranate juice can exceed 45 grams, notes Dr. Frank Lipman, a functional medicine expert at Mind Body Green.

5. Alcohol

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Frequent alcohol consumption contributes to obesity. Alcohol adds unnecessary extra calories and even more if you consume mixed drinks that include juices, sodas or syrups.

6. Burgers

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Burgers in fast food restaurants usually have a high in saturated fat, calories and sodium.

The single hamburger of double quarter pound with cheese of McDonald’s has 720 calories, 40 g of fat, 43 g of carbohydrates, 1,370 mg of sodium and 170 mg of cholesterol. Eating foods high in sodium can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke.

7. Processed meat

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Processed meat is that which has been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to improve its flavor or its conservation. Some examples are sausages, salami, mortadella, pepperoni, ham, bacon cured, corned beef and jerky or dried meat.

These meats are usually high in salt content and also tend to be fat and calorie dense. Researchers have found that when people consume processed foods appetite suppressant hormones may decrease and increase hunger hormones.

further increase the risk of cancer colorectal.

8. Ice cream

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Ice cream is rich in sugar and calories, it’s unhealthy and it’s easy to exceed the recommended serving of half a cup.

9. Pizza

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Commercial pizza is generally made with refined flour and other highly processed ingredients, it is high in calories, with saturated fat, added sugar, and sodium. Pizza is among the six pupular foods more salty according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

10. White rice

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Refined rice or commonly known as white rice is subjected to a process in which lose fiber and other nutrients. Have a high glycemic index, meaning that it can cause a person’s blood sugar levels to spike after eating it.

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5 reasons why you should avoid eating white bread | The State

Breads made with refined flour, such as white bread, are unhealthy.

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White bread is very accessible, practical and can seem tasty to you. This type of bread made with highly processed flour and additives, has little nutritional value and it would not be a healthy option, it can have unwanted effects on your body, such as gaining weight and contributing to chronic disease.

1. Not very nutritious

The white flour has removed the bran and wheat germ. Refined grains have important nutrients you need removed, including B vitamins, antioxidants, iron and dietary fiber.

Most refined flours are enriched to replace some of the nutrients lost in milling. However, fiber, which is an important part of the diet, cannot be replaced by enriching white bread.

2. Increase your risk of diabetes

Foods with a rating of 70-100 are considered high glycemic index, according to Harvard. White bread is low in fiber and has a high glycemic index (around 75), is rapidly digested, and causes substantial fluctuations in blood sugar.

Eating lots of high glycemic index foods can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and being overweight.

3. Increase your belly fat and your weight

He excess sugar in the bloodstream to which white bread leads stored in the body as fat. As well makes you hungrier already what raises blood sugar levels rapidly and so is the fall, which can result in Eat excessively and increase caloric intake at the end of the day.

A study of 9,267 people found that eating two slices (120 grams) of white bread per day was linked to a 40% higher risk of weight gain and obesity.

4. May contribute to depression

Refined carbohydrates with a high GI index can have a negative effect on mood. The same hormonal response that causes blood sugar levels to drop can also lead to mood swings, fatigue and other symptoms of depression, Every Day Health notes.

Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a link between the consumption of refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, and depression in postmenopausal women.

5. It is not healthy for your heart

Breads and rolls, including white bread, can provide a large amount of sodium even though each serving may not seem high in sodium, notes the American Heart Association (AHA).

Bread is among the six most salty foods on the AHA list and notes that excess sodium leads to swelling, weight gain and put you at risk of headaches, hypertension, enlarged heart muscle, nephropathy, osteoporosis, heart failure, kidney stones and stomach cancer.

White bread contains little fiber or other beneficial nutrients. Not only white bread, French bread, bagels, and pizza dough often contain refined grains as well. A healthier option is whole grains, such as 100 percent whole wheat bread.

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Which Foods Should You Avoid if You Have Lung Cancer?


Colleen Spees, PhD, MEd, RDN, LD, FAND, associate professor, Division of Medical Dietetics Director, Hope Lab, Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Ohio State University Medical Center.

Oncotarget: “Prevalence of malnutrition in patients at first medical oncology visit: the PreMiO study.”

University of California San Francisco: “Diet for Cancer Treatment Side Effects.”

American Cancer Society: “Food Safety During Cancer Treatment.”

National Cancer Institute: “Eating Hints: Before, During, and After Cancer Treatment.”

FDA: “The Dangers of Raw Milk: Unpasteurized Milk Can Pose a Serious Health Risk,” “What You Need To Know About Egg Safety.”

CDC: “Outbreak of Listeria Infections Linked to Deli Meats.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO): “Foods to Avoid During Cancer Treatment.”

Academy of Nutrition And Dietetics: “Are Sprouts Safe to Eat?”

Keck Medicine: “What to Eat After You’ve Been Diagnosed With Cancer.”

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service: “The Big Thaw — Safe Defrosting Methods for Consumers.”

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Foods to Avoid When You Have MS


Celiac Disease Foundation: “What is Gluten?”

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: “Can Certain Foods Trigger MS Symptoms?”

Julie Fiol, registered nurse; director of MS information, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New York City.

Whitney Linsenmeyer, PhD, registered dietitian; spokesperson, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; assistant professor of nutrition, Saint Louis University, St. Louis.

Interactive Journal of Medical Research: “Diet and Multiple Sclerosis: Scoping Review of Web-Based Recommendations.”

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “What is the Ketogenic Diet?”

University of California, San Francisco: “Diabetes Education Online: Ketones.”

Trials: “Ketogenic diet and fasting diet as Nutritional Approaches in Multiple Sclerosis (NAMS): protocol of a randomized controlled study.”

Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders: “An overview of the current state of evidence for the role of specific diets in multiple sclerosis,” “Randomized-controlled trial of a modified Mediterranean dietary program for multiple sclerosis: A pilot study.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Bladder Problems,” “Is there an MS diet?”

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People with fever and pregnant, breastfeeding women avoid Covaxin: Bharat Biotech

Hyderabad, January 19

Bharat Biotech’s fact sheet on COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin, has advised pregnant or breastfeeding women, besides people with high fever or bleeding disorders, not to take the antidote.

The vaccine maker in the fact sheet on Covaxin, posted in its website, said the clinical efficacy of the vaccine is yet to be established and is being studied in Phase 3 clinical trial and hence it is important to appreciate that receiving the vaccine does not mean other precautions related to COVID- 19 need not be followed.

“You should not get Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin if you have any history of allergies. Have high fever. Have bleeding disorder or are a blood thinner. Immune compromised or are a medicine that affects your immune system. Are pregnant. Are breast feeding. Have received another COVID-19 vaccine. Any other serious health related issues, as determined by the vaccinator/ Officer supervising vaccination,” the fact sheet said.

The fact sheet also asked people to inform the vaccinator or a supervising official about their medical condition before taking the vaccine.

Bharat Biotech said in an ongoing clinical trial Covaxin has been shown to generate immunity following two doses given four weeks apart.

Covaxin is a vaccine with approval for restricted use in emergency situations that may prevent COVID-19.

The Central Licensing Authority has granted permission for the sale or distribution of the antidote for restricted use in emergency situations in public interest as an abundant precaution, in clinical trial mode, the fact sheet said.

Covaxin is a highly purified and inactivated two-dose SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, manufactured in a Vero cell manufacturing platform with an excellent safety track record of more than 300 million doses, the company had said.

Covaxin is India’s totally indigenous COVID-19 vaccine developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research and National Institute of Virology.

The inactivated vaccine is developed and manufactured in Bharat Biotech’s BSL-3 (Bio-Safety Level 3) biocontainment facility, one of its kind in the world. PTI


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We must maintain the spring break to avoid upheavals

If the question surrounding the cancellation of spring break divides the population, the world of education could not be more certain: the March break must be maintained.

“We have experienced so many upheavals since March [2020], since the beggining of the school year [à l’automne]. Setbacks, advances, adjusts, readjusts … The fatigue, at the end of February, and the stress will still be palpable ”, immediately launched the president of the Federation of Teaching Unions (FSE-CSQ) , Josée Scalabrini, interviewed at LCN.

The latter indicates that the issue has not even been discussed with Education Minister Jean-François Roberge, but she welcomes the position of the Government of Quebec which wants to maintain the break week.

“There are so many things that upset us in education. There are so many challenges we face, let’s let the students and staff take a step back […] to be able to do the big end again until the end of the year, “pleaded Scalabrini.

For her, there is no doubt: it is not precisely this week that will save the months of delays accumulated by the pandemic.

“The solution is not in the spring break, it is in the habits that we will adopt by the end of the crisis everyone together to get out of it and to come and support our health network which has been very, very poorly conducted for months, ”noted Josée Scalabrini.

The president of the FSE-CSQ also asks the federal government to pull itself together in order to put in place firm instructions to ensure that people do not fly to the South during the break, as was the case during the Holidays.

But travel is not the only cause of the contagion.

“Doctors [et] specialists have come to say on several occasions that it is also the family bubbles that have not been respected, ”she said.

For Josée Scalabrini, the debate surrounding the spring break is a false debate that should not be, when it is better to focus your efforts on finding solutions to limit outbreaks in schools.

“Can we look for other solutions and not say that the mask alone will make the difference? Because yes, in our schools last week, there were outbreaks, ”she said.

Ms Scalabrini proposes in particular to focus on reducing the size of classes which would at the same time promote the catching up that needs to be done, at least in part.

“If the air purifier doesn’t change anything, the quantity, the number of students in our classes can make a difference. We have been asking for it since May last year. Why have we never looked into this solution? ”She asked herself.

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4 mistakes to avoid when declaring your taxes | The State

Always double-check your details before submitting the form to the IRS.


For many people, it can be very overwhelming and difficult to do their taxes for the first time. And being burdened with filling out these forms can increase the chances of mistakes.

Therefore, it is important that you pay close attention to this process and do it very carefully. To help you, here are some of the most common mistakes first-time taxpayers make.

1 – Submit your statement on paper

It has been found that people who fill out paper forms are 20 times more likely to make a mistakeAs reported on Yahoo, so you’d better try to fill the digital format.

2 – Enter the wrong social security number

This may seem like a small thing, but it is an essential step. Have your Social Security card handy and double check your Social Security number is spelled correctly before submitting your application.

3 – Enter the wrong marital status

You must write the correct marital status to make your declaration and so you know how much of the standard tax deduction you can claim and what tax benefits you could qualify for.

4 – Get the accounts wrong

This error is very frequent, and it is very easy to make mistakes with the numbers. So go over your calculations a couple of times to make sure everything is okay.

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