Medical Student Won't Perform Pelvic Exams on AnesthetizedPatients - The Unnecesarean - Medical student Hilary Gerber of Moms Tinfoil Hat was offered the chance to perform a pelvic exam on an unconscious female patient by an operating room nurse at the local hospital not affiliated with her school. Wrote Gerber: I participated in a dilation and curettage on a woman who was experiencing an incomplete abortion. I was in the room before the procedure and the OR nurse offered to let me do a pelvic exam on her, since the patient was already anesthetized. Gerber declined the offer. Although I was fascinated by the opportunity, and initially was tempted by the learning experience, I didnt want to do it without her permission, and made myself consider her as a patient and a person, not as a pathology or anatomy in front of me. Yes, I knew she was going to have a pelvic procedure that she already consented to, and I even had the opportunity to introduce myself to her before she was anesthetized, but I knew it wasnt diagnostic for me to do a pelvic on her in this situation, wouldnt change the course of her treatment, and questioned the ethics of it.