Update: Please see this post written the next day after looking into the matter a bit more. It’s unfortunate that the article in The Globe and Mail below had such an alarmist slant to it.
Update: Continuing to research issue– see a list of teaching hospitals in Canada: http://www.caho-hospitals.com/member_hospitals.aspx — I need to find out more: Is it true? How widespread is the problem; etc.
Sent from me to many friends via e-mail with BCC earlier today.
This story is deeply disturbing. Women who are under general
anesthetic in hospital recovery rooms can be subject to routine
examination by med students without consent in Canada. This is a
strict violation of everything a scientist would believe with respect
to human health and dignity.
Please have a look and figure out if what action you’d like to take.
Spreading the word, figuring out who knows what and the extent of the
problem are good steps (self-education, personal preventative measures
Conversely, if you can verify that this is a myth– that can also be
good (puts minds at ease).
At the very least, bringing up a petition or a stronger public
presence of the problem are both possible.