When I was eighteen I was transferred from a children's hospital to an adult hospital with a new endocrinologist. During the first visit he did a brief physical exam. This entailed the usual such as, checking my injection sites, feet, blood pressure etc. One thing that seemed off was he asked to see my breasts and genitals, not a pelvic exam or anything just looking. His reasoning for this was that some diabetics who are diagnosed young have "developmental disruptions" his words, not mine. He did ask permission but seemed to push me even more when I asked why it was necessary. This happened over three years ago now, but now that I have been to several other endocrinologists since, and never had this "exam" I have been questioning whether he took advantage of me or not? Has anyone else had a similar request from their endocrinologist?
Sexual Misconduct has a statute in most states of 5 years. However, I would make sure to get all medical records from three years ago and make sure that it is not stated in them about the exam. If the exam is stated and it explains what was done then you will have hard evidence of the inappropriate behavior. Just an idea but I would report him to medical board, hospital, police, and the DA and at least make a complaint to protect others from this happening. There is no reason for him to have done a visual inspection and been forceful about it as diabetes does not complicate the development of breasts or private parts that I know of and I can find no medical documentation that states that it does.
How do you feel about this? Yes, it is important to hold people who hold trusted positions accountable for their behavior. But this is also about your life. About what will make you a whole happy person.
Unless you really felt violated by the situation, I'm not sure I agree with the general consensus here that it was so terribly inappropriate. Maybe I'm just an optimist and don't understand the situation you describe very well-- but I do have several doctors in my family-- and part of their job is giving patients thorough physical exams. I've certainly had to allow doctors to examine parts of me that I wasn't thrilled about, and that I didn't understand the necessity of, but I guess I just always assumed they were doing their job, and doing it thoroughly...
Respectfully, I think that she is the only judge of that
I do not necessarily feel violated, I just feel that if he did overstep his boundaries he should not be allowed to go on without being held accountable. I also feel responsible to do so in the event that he has done this or worse to others.
These are serious questions that should be taken to the doctor and the facility. I am sad to read that folks are ready to "shut him down". The hospital I found myself in when I was dx'd at 18 did an entire physical exam and that was decades ago. I never thought to sue the doc or the facility for checking me over beyond my dka.
Before you go accusing a doctor for abuse, you should speak to the hospital administration. Some hospitals require the patient to receive a full physical. There are grade sights you can look for on the web and see if this doc has other complaints and what type of grade his patients give him.
I'm trying to remember exactly, but from ages about 12-14 my pediatric endos preformed routine genital exams for each visit. My parents were present and I never felt uncomfortable.
I agree it seems kind of fishy at 18. Especially if you felt uncomfortable about it. You might want to google his name and see if anyone has reported other incidents. Even if you decide not to report, find places online you where you can anonymously leave a detailed account, so others might know to avoid this guy. Or report if they found themselves in the same position.
I believe you should think and research before doing anything. In particular you should try to find out if there have been any other complaints about inappropriate actions.
He is an endocrinologist. You are a new patient and just referred from pedia to adult. If he is thorough his inititial exam and interview should cover more than diabetes (which can coexist with other endocrine issues). Drs deal with bodies every day and they consider seeing naked ones just as due course (even though for us patients may not be comfortable). He may have come accross as 'short' over this becuase he didn't consider it a big deal. If he did document this exam (including visual) it would actually demonstrate that he was doing it as part of his exam. If there was nothing documented, maybe he was hiding or maybe it was normal so he didn't comment. I know many doctors so I beleive this could be the case. However, I wasn't there so only you can make a judgement call.
Why is this coming up now, 3 years later? Did something trigger it or its been worrying you all along?
We could debate here forever whether this was right or wrong, but ultimately our opinions are irrelevant. It is either within the standard of care for an endo to do this type of exam or it is not. If it is within the standard of care, there is an open question as to whether he conducted this particular exam appropriately. If the OP feels it was not appropriate, she should take steps to notify someone of that fact. If he had no ulterior motives for asking her to bare herself to him, her medical record should reflect the fact that he requested and conducted this visual examination.
Doctors don't have to follow precise guidelines for standard of care. A doctror checked my prostate when I was 18 at a pre-employment physical. That's certainly not in the standard of care for an 18 year old, but it doesn't mean he was a pervert, maybe he was just thorough, maybe a loved one of his died of prostate cancer and he had devoted his entire life to fighting that disease, who knows, he was acting within the scope of practice of a doctor examining a patient, performing an examination-- perhaps above and beyond the standard of care. Not to say that there is any comparison to that and the OPs story. I just don't think it is reasonable to automaticaly assume that a doctor examining a patient's sensitive areas is abusive. You can absolutely say no, at any time, to anything any doctor proposes.
A definition generally encompassing what I was referring to: