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Medical exam theft may nullify test

Published Oct. 13, 2005

At least one copy of a national exam for medical students was stolen at the Medical College of Wisconsin, forcing cancellation of the test there Tuesday and threatening to invalidate tests elsewhere, officials said. Between 12,000 and 13,000 students nationwide were scheduled Tuesday and today to take the National Board Examination Part I, administered usually to second-year medical students seeking to become doctors.

The test results may be nullified if it is determined that the exam stolen from a sealed package stored in a locked office was circulated outside Milwaukee, said Janet Carson, a lawyer for the National Board of Medical Examiners in Philadelphia, which writes the test.

Officials at the school discovered Tuesday morning a broken seal on the package containing exams for 207 students, spokesman Richard Katscke said. Investigators determined at least one copy of the exam had been taken.

Students probably will have to wait until September to take the exam, Carson said.

"I'm very angry and upset. I feel terrible for those poor students who . . . studied so hard," said T. Michael Bolger, president of the school.