I am undecided whether it should be mandatory, but people who do a procedure on other people should experience what the patient experiences whenever practical. If it was up to me, I would put male med students on the table also and give them an experience akin to the feeling of vulnerability and violation that a female patient experiences.
I'm not female but in general, I don't want to be my health care practitioners' guinea pig. I'd hope they, as students, would have repeatedly practiced their techniques before they got to me...and that likely means practicing on each other. In this case, it sounds as though the college could have been more sensitive to the students' privacy. But if the students don't fulfill a course requirement, they should receive a lower grade. And the college's reputation depends on turning out qualified practitioners. If one of their students isn't, they should make that known to potential employers. I don't consider either as "forcing".
Move along...nothing to see here
Sooooo... what was the policy for male students?
Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he stops voting for the Free Fish party.
Last edited by Cryptic; 05-21-15 at 07:06 AM.