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Valencia College Bans Student Participation in Vaginal Ultrasounds

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NBC News - A Florida college that allegedly forced students to perform vaginal ultrasounds on each other as part of a medical training program has permanently banned the practice.

Valencia State College's president announced Tuesday the school's medical diagnostic sonography program would "permanently discontinue the use of student volunteers for transvaginal ultrasound scanning." The move comes after two students filed a federal lawsuit claiming college administrators threatened to lower their grades and blacklist them in the medical community if they didn't consent to the exams.

"Following a comprehensive external investigation and a thorough internal review, we identified teaching methods that employ sophisticated simulators and have decided to permanently discontinue the use of student volunteers for transvaginal ultrasound scanning," President Sandy Shugart said in a statement.

The lawsuit, filed by two students who were enrolled in 2013 in the competitive sonography program, claimed that during orientation, a second-year student nicknamed the "TransVag Queen" explained they should undergo transvaginal ultrasound procedures to become better technicians.

"During orientation, the clients were told that these were voluntary procedures. However, as time went on, it became very clear that they were not voluntary," Christopher Dillingham, a civil rights attorney in Winter Park, Florida, who represents the plaintiffs, told NBC News last week.

The students allege they had to have the procedures done regularly, including by a male student — even though the school had anatomically correct simulators on which they could practice. Students also had clinical practice at hospitals, where they performed the same procedures on actual patients.

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