For Medical Students/Residents
Do not take it personal if patients decide that
they don't want you to be present for their intimate examinations/procedures.
You should do whatever you can to protect patients' modesty
and dignity. Many patients value modesty. Listen to patients'
concerns about modesty carefully and work hard to meet their
wishes. Many people don't feel comfortable having certain parts
of their body exposed to the opposite sex except for spouse.
They are not crazy. Many people would not be comfortable using
public restrooms with people of the opposite sex.
Don't ask patients to take their clothes off
if it is unnecessary. For example, there's no reason for a female
patient to take her shirt off for you to listen to her heart.
Be considerate of patients' wishes regarding
patient modesty. Many women do not wish to have male medical
students or residents present for birth of their baby and intimate
procedures and surgeries. Please respect their wishes.The
number one priority should be the patient and the number two
priority should be the patient's family. Keep in mind
that their wishes for modesty are very important.
When you help with intimate procedures, be sure
that you do whatever you can to protect patients' modesty as
much as possible.
Never do pelvic and genital exams on patients
under anesthesia without their consent under any circumstances.
This is unethical! Think about how you would feel if
one was done on you under anesthesia without your knowledge
We encourage you to strive to work on becoming
a wonderful doctor sensitive to patient modesty. Patients who
are modest often seek doctors who are sensitive to their needs
and will recommend you to their friends and family members.