Op Ed: Pelvic Exams Performed on Anesthetized Patients
AMA Virtual Mentor
bioethics, pelvic exams
Recent revelations in the news media about unconsented pelvic exams performed on anesthetized patients by medical students for the education of the students, not the medical benefit of the patient, highlighted a stunning chasm in communication and thought between two groups: medical educators and potential patients. I first found out about this issue when a member of a bioethics "chat group," hosted by the Medical College of Wisconsin, posted an article about the practice. The responses by chat group members were astounding: nonphysicians (primarily female) reacted with shock and outrage. Physicians and physician educators often responded by saying, "This is the way everyone learns to do pelvic exams. What's the problem?"
Davis, Dena S., "Op Ed: Pelvic Exams Performed on Anesthetized Patients" (2003). Law Faculty Articles and Essays. 376.