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Feeling MedicineHow the Pelvic Exam Shapes Medical Training$
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Kelly Underman

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479897780

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479897780.001.0001

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Is the Vagina Different from the Mouth? Affect and the Making of Physicians

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Feeling Medicine

Kelly Underman

NYU Press

The conclusion looks at debates about the role of consent in teaching and learning the pelvic exam and what these indicate about affective governance in medical education and the making of physicians. The presence of the GTA program in most medical schools in the United States has meant an enthusiastic embracing of the “patient experience.” And yet, there is still a prioritization of the learning experience of the trainee at the expense of the patient when pelvic exams are performed on patients who are under anaesthesia. The chapter suggests that affective governance in medical education is about producing more efficient workers, and more compliant consumers. In short, it is no longer possible to set aside the important role that emotion and bodily capacities to move and be moved by play in the governance of conduct via expert knowledge.

Keywords:   Medical education, Pelvic exam, Informed consent, Governmentality, Affect, Affective economies, Expertise

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