Ex-Justice Minister's Daughter's Place at Medical School Revoked

  • By Kim Sung-mo, Park Joo-young

    August 25, 2021 09:12

    Pusan National University Vice President Park Hong-won speaks in a press conference at the university in Busan on Tuesday.

    Pusan National University is revoking the 2015 admission of former Justice Minister Cho Kuk's daughter Cho Min to its medical school because her parents doctored her resume.

    The decision was made after an investigation by a university committee and a review by the governing body.

    Earlier this month the Seoul High Court found her mother Chung Kyung-shim guilty of forging her daughter's resume.

    But Cho Min has already graduated and gained her medical license.

    The university committee concluded that the forged documents and false work experience certificates her parents submitted did not play a substantial role in the medical school's decision to admit her, PNU Vice President Park Hong-won told reporters.

    But the governing body decided to revoke the admission after reviewing a recent appellate court's decision. "The 2015 application guidelines for the medical school stipulate that applicants cannot be accepted if their documentation is false," he said.

    It will take two to three months of internal procedures including a hearing before the decision is finalized. The Ministry of Health and Welfare will then decide whether to revoke her medical license. "We're going to review the law and follow the necessary steps," a ministry spokesman said.

    Hanil General Hospital, where Cho is serving her internship, said it will wait for the ministry's decision.

    Cho Kuk is still in denial. "As her father, it's painful," he wrote on Facebook. "I'll make sure that everything is fully explained in the hearing before the final decision is made."

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