Fury as Ex-Justice Minister's Daughter Gets Medical License

  • By Kwon Soon-wan

    January 18, 2021 13:13

    Fly-by-night Justice Minister Cho Kuk's daughter was given her medical license last week despite cheating on her medical school admission with the help of both her parents.

    A court last month ruled that no fewer than seven documents Cho Min submitted to Korea University and Pusan National University Medical School were fake.

    Cho Min sat the state medical exam last year, and the Korea Health Personnel Licensing Examination Institute, which administers the exam, informed successful candidates last Friday.

    The list of successful candidates is not made public, but news started spreading on social media that she had passed. One diehard Cho Kuk supporter posted a message congratulating Cho Min, and with that the cat was out of the bag. After the news triggered a furor, congratulatory messages were switched to private mode.

    Many are curious whether Cho Min's medical license could be revoked if her admission to medical school is annulled. Legal experts say the case is unprecedented and it would be very difficult to strip her of the license.

    Cho Kuk's wife, Chung Kyung-shim, was jailed for four years last year on charges of document forgery in padding her daughter's resume. But even if the Supreme Court upholds the sentence, that does not mean Cho Min's medical license is automatically invalid.

    Even an unimpressive applicant may grow with her studies and pass her exam with flying colors, and Pusan National University has not even annulled her admission yet.

    One lawyer said the law "stipulates that only graduates of medical school who passed the state exam can receive a doctor's license. That means the minister of health and welfare will automatically revoke her license if her admission is annulled."

    But other lawyers disagree, saying a separate lawsuit would have to be filed. "The law does not stipulate the automatic revocation of medical licenses if medical school admission is annulled, and there is no Supreme Court precedent either, so a separate lawsuit would be required," one said.

    But the person filing the suit would have to have standing in the case, meaning they would have to be directly affected by an issue arising from it.

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