A doctor may no longer be a doctor, thanks to a new meme.
A physician in Australia, Canada, France, and New Zealand was found to have faked a degree in order to get into the US.
A video posted to Facebook by a student from Sydney University shows him signing the forms for a doctorate.
The form he signed had a picture of a woman holding up a baby.
A photo of the baby appears to show a nurse in the background, and a caption reads “I’m an Australian doctor.”
But the nurse is not a nurse, according to the university’s website, and the doctor is not an Australian.
The student, who asked to remain anonymous, told Mashable that he did not receive a diploma for the degree he supposedly earned.
He also said that a doctor is “a professional who is trained to treat the needs of the community and to provide professional health care.”
He told Mashup that he and his girlfriend had decided to leave Australia and start a new life in the US after receiving death threats and being targeted for harassment.
“We’ve had a lot of support from friends and family,” he said.
“It’s really important that people know that there are people out there who want to harm us.”
Mashup spoke to the students who made the video, who said they were concerned about their future.
The woman, who only wanted to be known as “D”, told Mash Up that she had faked her doctorate to get a job in Australia.
She also said the person who faked her degree was “the same person who attacked me and my girlfriend and who harassed us for so long.”
Mash Up spoke to a person who identified himself as a member of the American Medical Association who said the association had received numerous complaints about fake doctors, but had yet to act on the matter.
“The AMA will not investigate and prosecute those who engage in unethical conduct, and we have no evidence that any AMA member has engaged in such conduct,” AMA spokeswoman Jennifer Ritter said in a statement.
“As a professional association, we have a duty to investigate claims of unethical conduct and to take appropriate action against those who commit it.”
“We encourage members of the medical community to report and prosecute medical malpractice or unethical practice to our office or other professional associations.”
AMA members have a number of guidelines for the investigation of claims of malpractice, but Ritter added that “we will not be investigating the actions of the doctor who faked the degree or the person that falsely reported it.”
MashUp spoke with a woman who identified herself as a friend of the woman who faked a doctor degree and said she would consider joining the AMA and doing the same thing.
“I think we have to have some kind of accountability,” she said.