Forced Exams

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A Florida college is being sued over forced vaginal exams.  Yup, that sounds as awkward as it reads.  Allegedly,  medical diagnostic students at the Valencia College were forced to submit to the examination of their sexual organs under threat of having their grades reduced or of being blacklisted by future employers.  I may not be a lawyer but this is bad.  But it gets worse:

  • “A student would place a condom over the probe and then apply generous amounts of lubrication to the probe. In some cases, the student would have to sexually ‘stimulate’ plaintiffs in order to facilitate inserting the probe into plaintiffs’ vaginas,” the lawsuit alleges.
  • In one instance, according to the lawsuit, one of the defendants, Barbara Ball, made inappropriate comments to a student who was undergoing a probe. “Defendant Ball’s comments can only be described as bizarre during some of these forced probing sessions,” the lawsuit states.”She allegedly approached one student … during a probing session and stated (she) was ‘sexy’ and should be an ‘escort girl’ (prostitute).”

This is insane.  I guess the school didn’t want to pay for volunteers. Where the heck are those hippie chicks and dudes when I was in med school?  They would whip off their clothes and throw their genital out there before you could squeak out, “Hi, I’m a med student”.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  3 comments for “Forced Exams

  1. Bridget Reidy MD
    May 26, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    What is a medical diagnostic student? The fact that they site this happened at a college as opposed to a medical school or university makes me think we’re all about to be replaced by undergrads with Watson-enhanced computers. A LELT for the LELTs? Will there be a separate undergrad degree for medical treating, or will pharmacists do it? Or are they training the LELT’s at a school that decided the word “provider” carried too much power. Clearly the instructors lack even basic common sense so I don’t think I’d like to be a patient of any of these diagnosticians, or whatever they call their clients.

  2. Sir Lance-a-lot
    May 23, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Wow. That’s worse than the non-consensual vaginal exams under anesthesia that they made us do in medical school.

    Oh, and isn’t the idea of volunteers that you *don’t* have to pay them, Doug? 😉

    • Doug Farrago
      May 23, 2015 at 10:03 am

      Now I get it. So they should be calling family doctors volunteers.

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