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Autonomy suspended: using female patients to teach intimate exams without their knowledge or consent.

  title={Autonomy suspended: using female patients to teach intimate exams without their knowledge or consent.},
  author={Robin Fretwell Wilson},
  journal={Journal of health care law \& policy},
  volume={8 2},
  • R. Wilson
  • Published 1 February 2006
  • Medicine
  • Journal of health care law & policy
Recent reports of medical students performing pelvic exams for training purposes on anesthetized women without their consent have produced a firestorm of controversy. Peter Ubel and colleagues found that 90% of medical students performed such exams during their obstetrics/gynecology rotations. A series of 2003 reports focused a white-hot spotlight on this teaching practice and resulted in Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice hearings and action by the American Association of… 
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This paper refutes the main arguments in favor of the status quo, identifies a series of harms related to continuing the current practice, and proposes an explicit consent policy for intimate exams along with specific changes to medical school curriculum and institutional culture.
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While studies demonstrate consistently positive outcomes for learners, there is wide variability in implementation patterns and this variability may impact learning outcomes and impact both physical and psychological safety for GTAs/MUTAs and learners.
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First-year medical students are anxious about examining intimate body regions, so a staged approach starting with manikins is recommended and further qualitative research is needed employing interviews to explore in depth students’ anxieties about examinations of intimate bodies.
Willingness of medical students to be examined in a physical examination course
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