A former medical student who risked the lives of patients at a major Sydney hospital where she illegally interned while unqualified for seven months has been spared jail.
Zhi Sin Lee, 27, was sentenced to a two-year intensive correction order and fined in the Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday.
The Zetland woman had pleaded guilty to claiming she could practise medicine despite not being a registered health practitioner after she was charged by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority.
Zhi Sin Lee (above), 27, has been fined $10,000 and sentenced to a two-year intensive correction order after she lied about being a registered health practitioner
Magistrate Glenn Bartley said the University of NSW student lied 'day after day, shift after shift,' and dismissed an excuse she was 'confused' when she had been offered the internship at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital.
'If she was truly confused she would have got advice,' he said.
He said she 'deliberately misled the hospital,' and continued to work under 'repeated and calculated dishonesty' including leaving her registration number blank on multiple assessment forms.
Lee had left her medical degree in October of 2020 after failing six core subjects but began an internship at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital (above) on January 18, 2021
The international student applied in June 2020 for a 2021 internship, but after failing six core disciplines in October the university said she had been discontinued from completing the medical degree, according to the facts of the case.
But on January 18 she began interning after failing to declare she was not qualified or registered.
In February she was seen to be underperforming and put under even more supervision and guidance, and completed 126