“GAMMS”: - Go away, male medical student
With the number of doctors opting for careers in obstetrics and gynaecology dwindling, Alexander Hamilton expresses his views about male medical students being turned away from clinical examinations
- By: Alexander J Hamilton
Anyone who has read Samuel Shem's novel The House of God will remember the insensitive but memorable term GOMERS (Get out of my emergency room). I have coined a new acronym — the GAMMS (Go away, male medical student). GAMMS describes the exasperating patients who refuse dashing young students from observing their most intimate areas and the invasive techniques that doctors apply to them, to the detriment of medical education, solely because the student is male. They are the polar opposite to SALs (student allowing ladies), who heroically expose their nether regions to the speculum wielding student, promoting experiential learning.
You may have noticed the acronym can be applied to either sex. This is because, in my experience, the husband or partner is often more active in refusing a medical student than the woman patient herself. Recently I experienced this kind of rejection first hand: a midwife introduced me to