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What is standard of care during a gynecological exam?




The entrance to the Engemann Student Health Center on the campus of the University of Southern California (USC) is seen in Los Angeles, California on May 17, 2018.
The entrance to the Engemann Student Health Center on the campus of the University of Southern California (USC) is seen in Los Angeles, California on May 17, 2018.
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Three days after the LA Times published a piece detailing years of complaints against USC’s sole full-time gynecologist, around 200 people had already contacted the university phone line and website dedicated to reports regarding the OBGYN.

The first known complaints against George Tyndall date back to the early 1990s, but he practiced until the end of the 2017 school year.

In the wake of the revelations, two clinical supervisors at USC have been let go, and 6 women are suing USC, claiming they were victims of the Tyndall.

AirTalk looks at standards for pelvic exams, and what could constitute legitimate practice and behaviors during an exam.

Guest:

Clara Paik, M.D., director of gynecology at UC Davis Medical Center; she is a practicing gynecologist and trains OBGYN residents in the UC Davis program