Medical Teacher’s first ChatGPT’s referencing hallucinations: Lessons for editors, reviewers, and teachers

Ken Masters*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Students’ inappropriate use of ChatGPT is a concern. There is also, however, the potential for academics to use ChatGPT inappropriately. After explaining ChatGPT’s “hallucinations” regarding citing and referencing, this commentary illustrates the problem by describing the detection of the first known Medical Teacher submission using ChatGPT inappropriately, the lessons that can be drawn from it for journal editors, reviewers, and teachers, and then the wider implications if this problem is left unchecked.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)673-675
Number of pages3
JournalMedical Teacher
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - May 15 2023


  • ChatGPT
  • Ethics
  • GPT-4
  • artificial intelligence
  • hallucinations
  • medical education
  • Humans
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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