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Practicing Pelvic Examinations by Medical Students on Women Under Anesthesia

Why Not Ask First?

Barnes, Shawn S.

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e3182677a28
Personal Perspectives

Medical students should be required to obtain specific consent before practicing a pelvic examination on women under anesthesia.

From the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu, Hawaii.

See related editorial on page 741.

This essay was written while Dr. Barnes was a fourth-year medical student at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. He since has graduated and is now an MD.

Corresponding author: Shawn S. Barnes, University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine, 3414 Hardesty Street #C, Honolulu, HI 96816; e-mail:

Financial Disclosure The author did not report any potential conflicts of interest.

© 2012 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.